Grosses

'Fury' Leads the Way with $23.7M Debut; 'Gone Girl' Passes $100M Mark after $17.5M Take; 'The Book of Life' Solid in Third with $17.0MOctober 20, 2014 12:56 PM

by Daniel Garris

Sony's Fury debuted in first place this weekend with $23.70 million. The David Ayer directed war film starring Brad Pitt opened on the low end of pre-release expectations. Fury opened 8 percent ahead of the $22.00 million debut of Sony's The Monuments Men back in February and 21.5 percent ahead of the $19.50 million start of Sony's Moneyball back in September of 2011. Like both of those films were able to do, Fury will hope to hold up well going forward.

Fury opened with $8.82 million on Friday (which included a relatively large $1.2 million from Thursday night shows), increased 3 percent on Saturday to take in $9.12 million and fell 37 percent on Sunday to gross $5.76 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at a somewhat front-loaded 2.69 to 1. The audience breakdown for Fury skewed towards male moviegoers (60 percent) and slightly towards moviegoers over the age of 35 (51 percent). Fury received an encouraging A- rating on CinemaScore.

After leading the box office each of the past two weekends, Fox's Gone Girl placed in second this weekend with $17.51 million. The critically acclaimed David Fincher directed film starring Ben Affleck continued to hold up well, as it was down just 34 percent from last weekend. Gone Girl surpassed the $100 million mark this weekend and has now grossed $106.78 million through 17 days of release. Before much longer, Gone Girl will zoom past the $127.51 million final domestic gross of 2008's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button to become Fincher's highest grossing film to date (without adjusting for ticket price inflation).

Fellow Fox release The Book of Life followed closely behind in third with a $17.01 million debut. The modestly budgeted computer animated film opened in line with expectations and likely received an added boost from arriving a couple weeks before Halloween and Day of the Dead. The Book of Life opened nearly on par with the recent $17.28 million launch of The Boxtrolls. The Book of Life started out with $4.99 million on Friday, increased 39 percent on Saturday to take in $6.91 million and declined 26 percent on Sunday to gross $5.16 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at 3.41 to 1. Like Fury, The Book of Life also received an encouraging A- rating on CinemaScore.

Fellow family film Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day claimed fourth place with $11.46 million. The Disney release starring Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner fell 38 percent from last weekend. That represented a very solid hold, especially given the added competition for family audiences from The Book of Life. Alexander has grossed $36.29 million through ten days of release, which is in line with expectations and represents a healthy performance with the film's modest price tag in mind.

Relativity's The Best of Me rounded out the weekend's top with $10.00 million. The Nicholas Sparks adaptation starring Michelle Monaghan and James Marsden opened on the low end of its modest expectations. The Best of Me opened softer than most Sparks adaptations, with the film's performance more closely representing the $13.42 million start of 2008's Nights in Rodanthe. The Best of Me opened with $4.13 million on Friday, fell 8 percent on Saturday to take in $3.79 million and fell 45 percent on Sunday to gross $2.08 million. That places the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at just 2.42 to 1. The Best of Me received a solid B+ rating on CinemaScore, which strongly suggests that the film is going over better with moviegoers than it has with critics.

In their second weekend of release, Universal's Dracula Untold and Warner's The Judge claimed sixth and seventh places respectively with $9.99 million and $7.92 million. Dracula Untold was down a sharp 58 percent from last weekend's stronger than expected start, while The Judge was down a solid 40 percent from last weekend's modest debut. Respective ten-day total grosses stand at $40.83 million for Dracula Untold and at $26.82 million for The Judge.

Warner's Annabelle placed in eighth with $7.88 million. The low-budget spin-off to The Conjuring was down a respectable 50 percent and has grossed a stronger than expected $74.08 million in 17 days. Annabelle will face new direct competition next weekend when Universal unleashes Ouija in theaters on Friday.

On the platform front, the critically acclaimed Birdman was off to a terrific start with $424,397 from 4 locations in New York and Los Angeles. The Alejandro González Iñárritu directed film starring Michael Keaton from Fox Searchlight and New Regency generated a massive per-location average of $106,099 for the frame. Birdman will receive a major expansion next weekend.

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, May. 30 - Sun, Jun. 1

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Maleficent$69,431,298--3,948--$17,586$69,431,2981Disney
2X-Men: Days of Future Past$32,551,098-64%4,0015$8,136$162,020,2012Fox
3A Million Ways to Die in the West$16,797,385--3,158--$5,319$16,797,3851Universal
4Godzilla (2014)$12,008,129-61%3,501-451$3,430$174,439,6863Warner Bros.
5Blended$8,144,303-43%3,5550$2,291$29,350,8392Warner Bros.
6Neighbors (2014)$8,080,645-42%2,939-327$2,749$128,966,3654Universal
7The Amazing Spider-Man 2$3,778,605-52%2,152-1008$1,756$192,735,9025Sony / Columbia
8Million Dollar Arm$3,588,444-49%2,329-690$1,541$27,985,0533Disney
9The Other Woman (2014)$1,388,886-63%1,114-1040$1,247$81,076,0346Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chef$1,911,548-16%624126$3,063$6,826,4304Open Road
2Belle$1,258,965-24%52572$2,398$6,188,8985Fox Searchlight
3Rio 2$1,116,233-55%983-718$1,136$124,320,7378Fox
4Heaven is for Real$800,872-61%722-998$1,109$88,013,3477Sony / TriStar
5Captain America: The Winter Soldier$627,266-64%539-834$1,164$255,176,5509Disney
6The Grand Budapest Hotel$374,752-43%249-111$1,505$57,338,77113Fox Searchlight
7Divergent$327,133-53%373-271$877$148,640,55511Lionsgate / Summit
8The Immigrant$311,769-30%1503$2,078$1,085,3403Weinstein Company
9Moms' Night Out$293,047-62%383-478$765$9,590,2234Sony / TriStar
10The LEGO Movie$276,486-32%302-21$916$255,436,99717Warner Bros.
11The Railway Man$217,942-61%496-104$439$4,049,4718Weinstein Company
12Mr. Peabody & Sherman$199,327-30%254-32$785$110,049,68213Fox / DreamWorks Animation
13Fed Up$163,917-33%1042$1,576$1,025,2464RADiUS-TWC
14Noah$150,783-31%182-37$828$100,869,01310Paramount
15Muppets Most Wanted$134,741-31%233-36$578$50,646,20611Disney
16God's Not Dead$118,677-50%155-90$766$59,797,17611Freestyle / Pure Flix
17Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$97,148-78%180-494$540$8,157,2924Clarius Entertainment
18Kochadaiiyaan - The Legend$89,042-85%1610$553$817,1922Eros International
19Draft Day$85,01210%17328$491$28,698,3588Lionsgate / Summit
20Bears$84,868-38%110-104$772$17,411,7087Disneynature
21Transcendence$48,178-49%128-74$376$22,930,4887Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Seduction$323,743--94--$3,444$323,7431eOne Films US
2Ida (2014)$237,45316%5824$4,094$958,2285Music Box Films
3Fading Gigolo$136,596-51%92-94$1,485$3,399,5357Millennium Entertainment
4Cold in July$115,813187%7064$1,654$175,0402IFC Films
5Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$115,293-23%390$2,956$2,393,2839Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Palo Alto$89,310-7%5715$1,567$510,8864Tribeca Film
7Words and Pictures$78,200-11%133$6,015$217,6792Roadside Attractions
8Chinese Puzzle$64,52452%2919$2,225$169,0683Cohen Media Group
9Locke$62,031-48%69-42$899$1,166,7976A24
10Journey to the South Pacific$56,040-22%16-2$3,503$2,983,79827IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
11The Lunchbox$55,420-43%54-14$1,026$3,972,11814Sony Pictures Classics
12The Hornet's Nest$50,641-39%42-15$1,206$255,8284Freestyle Releasing
13Only Lovers Left Alive$48,566-40%52-18$934$1,556,7938Sony Pictures Classics
14A Haunted House 2$48,496-35%74-14$655$17,263,7677Open Road
15Hubble 3D$45,404-32%222$2,064$44,387,401220Warner Bros. / IMAX
16Oculus$38,558-34%83-22$465$27,603,0308Relativity Media
17Jerusalem 3D$35,676-24%15-6$2,378$4,315,42237National Geographic
18Need For Speed$31,104-24%74-15$420$43,496,67212Disney / DreamWorks
19The Dance of Reality$30,17622%86$3,772$76,0442ABKCO Films
20Under the Skin (2014)$28,784-44%28-4$1,028$2,395,3569A24
21The Quiet Ones$27,135-30%72-20$377$8,496,1126Lionsgate
22Frozen (2013)$22,921-34%57-16$402$400,617,40928Disney
23Night Moves$21,488--2--$10,744$21,4881Cinedigm
24Brick Mansions$20,834-87%45-123$463$20,031,3746Relativity Media
25Finding Vivian Maier$18,403-35%29-11$635$1,362,27710IFC Films
26The German Doctor$18,240-46%17-6$1,073$378,2466IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
27We Are the Best!$17,664--3--$5,888$17,6641Magnolia Pictures
28Korengal$14,630--1--$14,630$14,6301Saboteur Media
29Elena (2014)$10,341--1--$10,341$10,3411Variance Films
30Redwood Highway$9,128-39%7-1$1,304$60,0348Monterey Media
31Jodorowsky's Dune$8,877-24%14-3$634$596,77011Sony Pictures Classics
32Heropanti$8,454-74%11-5$769$57,1502UTV Motion Pictures
33Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia$8,309-40%20$4,155$32,0462IFC Films
34Filth$7,526--3--$2,509$7,5261Magnolia / Magnet
35Under the Sea 3D$6,73347%123$561$33,983,419277Warner Bros. / IMAX
36The Double (2014)$6,205-74%14-2$443$117,7494Magnolia Pictures
37Walking with the Enemy$5,725-54%9-12$636$839,5836Liberty Studios
38Particle Fever$5,446-22%41$1,362$854,15713Abramorama / Bond 360
3950 to 1$4,460-70%5-5$892$714,55711Ten Furlongs
40Son of God$4,32615%210$206$59,696,17614Fox
41Lucky Them$3,728--1--$3,728$3,7281IFC Films
42Nymphomaniac: Volume I$3,718-24%2-3$1,859$778,83511Magnolia Pictures
43For No Good Reason$3,56269%73$509$39,5606Sony Pictures Classics
44Le Week-End$3,405-74%9-12$378$2,198,82512Music Box Films
45The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden$3,246-60%5-6$649$226,4129Zeitgeist Films
46Born to Be Wild 3D$3,24651%153$216$23,342,561165Warner Bros. / IMAX
47Half of a Yellow Sun$3,198-67%60$533$22,9853Monterey Media
48To the Arctic 3D$2,352-52%61$392$14,070,653111Warner Bros. / IMAX
49Young and Beautiful$2,309-63%6-2$385$48,0226IFC Films
50Sweet Dreams (2013)$2,193585%30$731$56,58031International Film Circuit
51Nymphomaniac: Volume II$2,113-4%3-3$704$322,5929Magnolia Pictures
52Next Year Jerusalem$2,067147%21$1,034$6,9313First Run Features
53Godzilla: The Japanese Original$1,962-71%40$491$134,1207Rialto Pictures
54Blue Ruin$1,93673%61$323$250,0146RADiUS-TWC
55Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$1,779--2--$890$46,58517Rialto Pictures
56Half the Road$1,709--1--$1,709$4,6327First Run Features
57Before You Know It$1,591--1--$1,591$1,5911Untitled Films
58Bicycling with Molière$1,315-28%20$658$37,8616Strand Releasing
59For a Woman$1,298110%10$1,298$17,0305Film Movement
60Just a Sigh$1,226--3--$409$66,97011Distrib Films
61Ai Weiwei The Fake Case$1,015-78%4-1$254$21,2903International Film Circuit
62The Retrieval$947--2--$474$48,82812Variance Films
63Manakamana$855--2--$428$19,9877Cinema Guild
64That Demon Within$76421%10$764$172,0107China Lion Film
65Deep Sea 3D$588-15%2-1$294$46,049,670431Warner Bros. / IMAX
66The Jewish Cardinal$502-46%20$251$129,40721Film Movement
67Je T'aime Je T'aime (2014 re-issue)$367-57%10$367$57,73616Film Desk / Bleeding Light Film
68The Raid 2$356-84%2-4$178$2,611,78910Sony Pictures Classics
69Tasting Menu$204-60%10$204$15,6247Magnolia Pictures
70The Unknown Known$177-85%1-4$177$269,1519RADiUS-TWC
71Stage Fright (2014)$133-56%10$133$7,0784Magnolia / Magnet
7220 Feet from Stardom$125-62%1-1$125$4,945,91051RADiUS-TWC