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, Jun. 20 - Sun, Jun. 22

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Think Like a Man Too$29,241,911--2,225--$13,142$29,241,9111Sony / Screen Gems
222 Jump Street$27,460,995-52%3,3060$8,306$109,911,1252Sony / Columbia
3How to Train Your Dragon 2$24,719,312-50%4,26815$5,792$94,596,0472Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4Jersey Boys$13,319,371--2,905--$4,585$13,319,3711Warner Bros.
5Maleficent$12,910,766-30%3,450-173$3,742$185,879,3344Disney
6Edge of Tomorrow$9,820,080-41%3,212-293$3,057$73,991,5733Warner Bros.
7The Fault in Our Stars$8,565,710-42%3,34067$2,565$98,694,0433Fox
8X-Men: Days of Future Past$6,150,460-37%2,681-361$2,294$216,744,7105Fox
9Godzilla (2014)$1,888,304-43%1,365-723$1,383$194,983,3886Warner Bros.
10A Million Ways to Die in the West$1,600,550-51%1,417-996$1,130$40,302,4504Universal
11Neighbors (2014)$1,368,375-42%1,033-863$1,325$145,716,9507Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chef$1,708,590-22%961-141$1,778$16,805,7807Open Road
2Blended$1,007,492-42%842-739$1,197$42,358,8835Warner Bros.
3The Amazing Spider-Man 2$633,630-34%434-248$1,460$199,510,8358Sony / Columbia
4Million Dollar Arm$538,050-33%444-133$1,212$34,402,1986Disney
5The Rover$481,214594%608603$791$562,4402A24
6Rio 2$413,379-1%310-73$1,333$127,375,99211Fox
7Belle$318,771-38%244-94$1,306$9,198,2518Fox Searchlight
8Divergent$270,363-29%289-47$936$150,160,03514Lionsgate / Summit
9Ida (2014)$268,8175%13321$2,021$2,065,3308Music Box Films
10The Grand Seduction$240,242-12%12420$1,937$1,769,7174eOne Films US
11The Other Woman (2014)$217,118-11%231-13$940$83,091,1159Fox
12Words and Pictures$214,891-46%175-42$1,228$1,477,7615Roadside Attractions
13Captain America: The Winter Soldier$196,797-28%184-39$1,070$256,690,27912Disney
14Heaven is for Real$179,604-46%201-331$894$89,811,56010Sony / TriStar
15The LEGO Movie$172,592-24%31514$548$256,696,31720Warner Bros.
16The Signal (2014)$149,636-4%20484$734$403,5862Focus
17The Grand Budapest Hotel$132,861-32%112-37$1,186$58,347,15616Fox Searchlight
18Mr. Peabody & Sherman$109,413-24%179-28$611$110,844,75116Fox / DreamWorks Animation
19God's Not Dead$92,662-29%112-38$827$60,481,73314Freestyle / Pure Flix
20The Immigrant$88,902-42%110-30$808$1,858,9456Weinstein Company
21Bears$57,271225%11469$502$17,630,68610Disneynature
22Muppets Most Wanted$39,142-42%116-42$337$51,065,72114Disney

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Obvious Child$245,16483%5537$4,458$578,8873A24
2Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$129,511-5%410$3,159$3,243,36412Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Alone Yet Not Alone$80,550-85%80-23$1,007$830,59239Enthuse Entertainment
4Hubble 3D$51,11812%22-1$2,324$44,704,751223Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Journey to the South Pacific$49,473-14%17-2$2,910$3,321,43630IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
6Moms' Night Out$48,847-7%50-31$977$10,166,9867Sony / TriStar
7Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$44,58144%4628$969$125,8883RADiUS-TWC
8Third Person$38,856--5--$7,771$38,8561Sony Pictures Classics
9Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$36,408148%529$700$8,388,5067Clarius Entertainment
10The Railway Man$35,07539%8434$418$4,361,68511Weinstein Company
11Brick Mansions$32,157-43%60-25$536$20,285,5189Relativity Media
12Fading Gigolo$30,322-40%31-17$978$3,667,61410Millennium Entertainment
13Fed Up$28,092-33%47-9$598$1,401,1947RADiUS-TWC
14Venus in Fur$24,761--2--$12,381$24,7611IFC Films
15Jerusalem 3D$22,561-11%13-2$1,735$4,492,27840National Geographic
16The Lunchbox$22,144-28%260$852$4,135,62617Sony Pictures Classics
17Ivory Tower$20,85717%97$2,317$45,6962IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
1850 to 1$20,6461044%1210$1,721$742,95214Ten Furlongs
19Only Lovers Left Alive$19,755-12%23-4$859$1,696,90311Sony Pictures Classics
20We Are the Best!$14,713-38%234$640$124,2314Magnolia Pictures
21Night Moves$14,258-71%30-25$475$198,2834Cinedigm
22Cold in July$13,784-58%18-24$766$396,5615IFC Films
23A Summer's Tale (2014 re-issue)$12,863--2--$6,432$12,8631Big World Pictures
24A Coffee in Berlin$12,188211%65$2,031$19,6302Music Box Films
25Le Chef$11,290--1--$11,290$11,2901Cohen Media Group
26Borgman$11,22490%139$863$30,6893Drafthouse Films
27Under the Sea 3D$9,40524%7-5$1,344$34,057,448280Warner Bros. / IMAX
28The Last Sentence$9,020--2--$4,510$9,0201Music Box Films
29Chinese Puzzle$8,946-60%11-10$813$292,8076Cohen Media Group
30Frozen (2013)$8,746-58%23-5$380$400,704,37731Disney
31Locke$8,662-25%18-5$481$1,268,4019A24
32Under the Skin (2014)$8,457-12%160$529$2,485,59312A24
33Finding Vivian Maier$7,980-26%11-3$725$1,435,28213IFC Films
34Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia$7,363-63%9-2$818$106,3935IFC Films
35The Double (2014)$7,097-2%144$507$152,6087Magnolia Pictures
36Oculus$6,736-41%17-14$396$27,689,47411Relativity Media
37Hellion$6,714-12%32$2,238$14,7552IFC Films
38Code Black$6,319--1--$6,319$6,3191Long Shot Factory
39To the Arctic 3D$5,318-2%3-2$1,773$14,136,984114Warner Bros. / IMAX
40Redwood Highway$4,854-4%82$607$98,93911Monterey Media
41Half of a Yellow Sun$4,513170%3-1$1,504$32,4526Monterey Media
42Lucky Them$3,486-53%92$387$24,1184IFC Films
43Le Week-End$3,414-10%5-4$683$2,216,75315Music Box Films
44The Amazing Catfish$3,025313%21$1,513$4,2202Strand Releasing
45Just a Sigh$3,00260%21$1,501$74,70914Distrib Films
46The Hornet's Nest$2,969-22%30$990$305,0207Freestyle Releasing
47Jodorowsky's Dune$2,732-18%4-2$683$628,89414Sony Pictures Classics
48Particle Fever$2,485125%10$2,485$867,58716Abramorama / Bond 360
49Norte, the End of History$2,164--1--$2,164$2,1641Cinema Guild
50Filth$2,07844%4-1$520$27,4424Magnolia / Magnet
51Ai Weiwei The Fake Case$1,8269%50$365$33,0746International Film Circuit
52Born to Be Wild 3D$1,59136%118$145$23,414,686168Warner Bros. / IMAX
53The Sacrament$1,312-38%50$262$7,3233Magnolia / Magnet
54Bicycling with Molière$1,292-73%2-4$646$52,5409Strand Releasing
55For No Good Reason$976-74%4-16$244$60,2369Sony Pictures Classics
56Godzilla: The Japanese Original$71797%21$359$142,83110Rialto Pictures
57Blue Ruin$550-46%1-1$550$258,1139RADiUS-TWC
58The Unknown Known$480-15%2-1$240$275,65812RADiUS-TWC
59Je T'aime Je T'aime (2014 re-issue)$391-67%10$391$59,43219Film Desk / Bleeding Light Film
60Deep Sea 3D$294-68%2-6$147$46,065,659434Warner Bros. / IMAX
61A Long Way Off$262-97%1-12$262$27,0133Moving Visions Entertainment
62Manakamana$140--1--$140$22,81910Cinema Guild
63Evergreen: The Road to Legalization$44-77%10$44$3062First Run Features