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, Feb. 17 - Mon, Feb. 20

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Safe House$27,542,825-31%3,1212$8,825$81,812,4402Universal
2The Vow$26,640,786-35%2,9580$9,006$88,567,6232Sony / Screen Gems
3Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$25,934,109-5%3,50030$7,410$59,050,4512Warner Bros. / New Line
4Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$25,470,773--3,174--$8,025$25,470,7731Sony / Columbia
5This Means War$20,006,912--3,189--$6,274$21,616,7171Fox
6Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$9,920,675-56%2,6550$3,737$35,793,9102Fox
7Chronicle$9,164,061-24%2,556-352$3,585$52,643,4873Fox
8The Secret World of Arrietty$8,684,864--1,522--$5,706$8,684,8641Disney
9The Woman in Black$7,794,176-23%2,559-297$3,046$46,404,7943CBS Films
10The Grey$3,717,234-26%2,107-694$1,764$48,610,2934Open Road
11The Descendants$3,489,6721%1,243-338$2,807$75,572,44214Fox Searchlight
12Big Miracle$3,162,190-20%1,634-499$1,935$17,605,6853Universal
13Red Tails$1,769,318-27%1,009-571$1,754$47,885,8545Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Artist$2,971,45333%8080$3,678$28,070,41213Weinstein Company
2Hugo$2,201,23925%558-144$3,945$67,287,36313Paramount
3Underworld Awakening$1,350,106-46%826-831$1,635$61,593,9075Sony / Screen Gems
4The Iron Lady$1,296,47412%623111$2,081$24,656,2608Weinstein Company
5One For the Money$929,511-60%933-1123$996$25,605,7204Lionsgate
6Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$771,146-48%577-798$1,336$30,774,1239Warner Bros.
7Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$684,11528%400-102$1,710$129,872,61010Fox
8Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$669,147103%403138$1,660$185,386,50110Warner Bros.
9Contraband$634,185-50%420-661$1,510$65,860,2056Universal
10Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$598,6679%184-48$3,254$22,801,51411Focus
11Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$591,538-16%275-194$2,151$207,404,96110Paramount
12The Adventures of Tintin$528,19955%30346$1,743$76,529,5159Paramount
132012 Oscar Nominated Short Films$444,4048%13818$3,220$1,059,8472Shorts International
14The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$411,219-17%189-80$2,176$101,431,0909Sony / Columbia
15Man on a Ledge$405,207-69%401-1022$1,010$18,451,1554Lionsgate
16We Bought a Zoo$386,3997%287-133$1,346$73,743,0209Fox
17War Horse$367,484-19%394-108$933$78,775,4509Disney / DreamWorks
18Beauty and the Beast 3D$356,618-58%214-464$1,666$47,104,4446Disney
19The Muppets$288,4936%269-22$1,072$88,148,49013Disney
20Joyful Noise$267,546-45%340-346$787$30,355,5056Warner Bros.
21Puss in Boots (2011)$263,02621%163-46$1,614$149,074,00217Paramount / DreamWorks
22My Week with Marilyn$249,29720%120-5$2,077$13,694,41413Weinstein Company
23Albert Nobbs$240,555-12%119-32$2,021$2,407,7454Roadside Attractions
24Jack and Jill$152,710-7%134-53$1,140$74,051,63615Sony / Columbia
25Happy Feet Two$130,414-30%135-67$966$63,859,63814Warner Bros.
26The Darkest Hour$98,6911334%11395$873$21,319,6969Summit
27The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$70,974-58%148-82$480$281,275,99114Lionsgate / Summit
28Agneepath$42,859-49%1320$325$1,981,6054Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1A Separation$369,88039%549$6,850$2,086,6328Sony Pictures Classics
2Pina$366,27242%7810$4,696$2,243,1009IFC Films
3Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu$262,704-59%98-13$2,681$1,058,2372UTV Communications
4Thin Ice$217,444--53--$4,103$217,4441IDP/ATO Pictures
5Born to Be Wild 3D$202,56998%451$4,502$16,426,13446Warner Bros. / IMAX
6A Dangerous Method$180,280-12%96-11$1,878$5,199,78313Sony Pictures Classics
7Rampart$155,571157%2823$5,556$239,9912Millennium Entertainment
8In Darkness$101,607271%1411$7,258$161,5702Sony Pictures Classics
9Haywire$84,365-59%79-184$1,068$18,766,1095Relativity Media
10We Need to Talk About Kevin$83,6260%160$5,227$617,21511Oscilloscope
11Love$83,178--7--$11,883$83,1781China Lion Film
12Shame$81,455-4%44-8$1,851$3,735,07512Fox Searchlight
13W.E.$65,90710%203$3,295$219,8373Weinstein Company
14Hubble 3D$62,13743%190$3,270$31,065,735101Warner Bros. / IMAX
15Coriolanus$48,72256%132$3,748$331,4725Weinstein Company
16Under the Sea 3D$46,463164%11-1$4,224$30,579,553158Warner Bros. / IMAX
17Undefeated$42,247--5--$8,449$42,2471Weinstein Company
18Bullhead$42,070--7--$6,010$42,0701Drafthouse Films
19Carnage (2011)$40,664-1%35-1$1,162$2,427,52310Sony Pictures Classics
20Chico & Rita$38,56387%54$7,713$68,1302GKIDS
21The Sitter$35,514-38%43-56$826$30,476,84011Fox
22Young Adult$28,822116%8752$331$16,295,03311Paramount
23Pariah (2011)$25,3509%130$1,950$692,6158Focus
24On the Ice$20,340--4--$5,085$20,3401PMK*BNC
25The Devil Inside$16,783-52%34-61$494$53,183,2267Paramount
26New Year's Eve$15,242-76%33-122$462$54,540,52511Warner Bros. / New Line
27The Help$12,83423%130$987$169,672,06128Disney / DreamWorks
28Midnight in Paris$12,606-28%16-8$788$56,556,23140Sony Pictures Classics
29The Women on the 6th Floor$12,38511%62$2,064$605,03820Strand Releasing
30Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$8,992-53%12-2$749$4,794,504933D Entertainment
31In the Land of Blood and Honey$8,915-20%8-2$1,114$286,7849FilmDistrict
32Le Havre$7,195--7--$1,028$577,11318Janus Films
33Death of the Virgin$6,860-20%2-1$3,430$18,8602Indican Pictures
34The Flowers of War$6,02883%3-3$2,009$219,8205Wrekin Hill Entertainment
35Immortals$5,725-69%29-4$197$83,503,16115Relativity Media
36An Inconsistent Truth$5,655-23%31$1,885$53,1094Rocky Mountain Pictures
37Declaration of War$5,627--7--$804$35,0814IFC Films
38The Turin Horse$4,694-49%21$2,347$19,0742Cinema Guild
39J. Edgar$4,478-67%11-31$407$37,304,95015Warner Bros.
40The Interrupters$4,209--2--$2,105$282,44830Cinema Guild
41Michael (2012)$4,178--1--$4,178$5,3581Strand Releasing
42The Way$3,932-47%5-2$786$4,422,69120Producers Distribution Agency
43The Innkeepers$3,702-49%7-6$529$75,1723Magnolia / Magnet
44Khodorkovsky$3,6274323%10$3,627$33,78112Kino Lorber
45Kung Fu Joe$3,4088%1-1$3,408$7,6942Indican Pictures
46The Viral Factor$3,214-61%40$804$212,5965China Lion Film
47Melancholia$3,127-66%5-3$625$3,023,55315Magnolia Pictures
48Young Goethe In Love$2,929-37%50$586$145,99516Music Box Films
49Once Upon a Time in Anatolia$2,762-34%20$1,381$63,2257Cinema Guild
50Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$2,724-44%2-1$1,362$863,38333International Film Circuit
51Vettai$2,518-23%1-1$2,518$202,5816UTV Communications
52How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr Foster?$2,011--4--$503$12,7434First Run Features
53The Skin I Live In$1,87351%4-2$468$3,168,68219Sony Pictures Classics
54Putin's Kiss$1,858--1--$1,858$1,8581Kino Lorber
55Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow$1,815--1--$1,815$48,71328Lorber Films
56Circus Columbia$1,648--1--$1,648$1,6481Strand Releasing
57Kill List$1,610-22%40$403$19,5483IFC Films
58Mozart's Sister$1,118--2--$559$706,62227Music Box Films
59Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey$1,080468%21$540$287,28118Submarine Deluxe
60Sing Your Song$95644%1-1$956$32,0836S2BN Films
61The Whale$67724%10$677$69,94424Paladin
62Hell and Back Again$561--2--$281$38,09920Docurama Films
63Eames: The Architect and the Painter$518--1--$518$146,07914First Run Features
64Take Shelter$449-14%40$112$1,724,58821Sony Pictures Classics
65The Conquest$423-84%2-2$212$186,37215Music Box Films
66Man on a Mission$396--1--$396$8,5486First Run Features
67My Reincarnation$319-96%20$160$82,61817Long Shot Factory
68The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu$262--1--$262$28,73924The Film Desk
69Crazy Wisdom$96-6%10$96$55,46513Alive Mind Cinema