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, Jan. 18 - Mon, Jan. 21

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mama$32,147,815--2,647--$12,145$32,147,8151Universal
2Zero Dark Thirty$18,600,381-24%2,9469$6,314$56,945,1385Sony / Columbia
3Silver Linings Playbook$12,740,379154%2,5231713$5,050$56,699,64910Weinstein Company
4Gangster Squad$10,128,178-41%3,1030$3,264$33,238,2382Warner Bros.
5A Haunted House$9,472,030-48%2,1600$4,385$31,085,2072Open Road
6Broken City$9,459,459--2,620--$3,610$9,459,4591Fox
7Django Unchained$9,216,113-17%2,516-496$3,663$139,334,8484Weinstein Company
8Les Miserables (2012)$9,013,605-7%2,579-348$3,495$131,571,6254Universal
9The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$7,623,310-17%2,323-689$3,282$288,613,0516Warner Bros. / New Line
10The Last Stand$7,213,327--2,913--$2,476$7,213,3271Lionsgate
11Lincoln$6,678,2285%2,174147$3,072$161,814,30711Disney / DreamWorks
12Parental Guidance$5,632,836-7%2,337-620$2,410$67,657,9904Fox
13Life of Pi$4,207,18656%1,256499$3,350$100,044,4919Fox
14Jack Reacher$2,685,905-44%1,707-1000$1,573$76,863,2385Paramount
15This is 40$2,297,685-47%1,232-1088$1,865$65,178,6855Universal
16Wreck-It Ralph$2,050,610212%1,312836$1,563$181,557,91412Disney
17Texas Chainsaw 3D$1,429,933-73%1,474-1185$970$33,622,8713Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Impossible$3,012,18219%88678$3,400$10,728,7475Lionsgate / Summit
2Argo$2,717,033116%756135$3,594$115,238,58715Warner Bros.
3Skyfall$1,143,895-26%507-316$2,256$301,030,96911Sony / Columbia
4Monsters, Inc. 3D$1,035,120-40%565-562$1,832$31,975,6355Disney
5Rise of The Guardians$825,783-22%474-431$1,742$99,762,1469Paramount / DreamWorks
6The Guilt Trip$724,746-62%642-964$1,129$35,817,3305Paramount
7Hotel Transylvania$496,75640%237-15$2,096$147,211,39417Sony / Columbia
8Hyde Park on Hudson$488,688-19%194-52$2,519$4,930,2217Focus
9The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$402,989-38%306-236$1,317$290,783,01210Lionsgate / Summit
10Flight$341,693131%300150$1,139$93,146,14812Paramount
11Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$272,232-41%265-165$1,027$12,222,2385Paramount
12Here Comes the Boom$264,92725%209-19$1,268$44,712,69215Sony / Columbia
13Rust and Bone$264,34341%16889$1,573$1,501,8859Sony Pictures Classics
14Red Dawn (2012)$264,330145%24924$1,062$44,337,2689FilmDistrict
15Anna Karenina (2012)$192,750-16%117-27$1,647$12,262,64410Focus
16Promised Land (2012)$144,622-89%134-1513$1,079$7,556,7084Focus
17Taken 2$125,607-14%156-34$805$139,674,08316Fox
18Frankenweenie$97,50514%100-27$975$35,172,45316Disney
19Pitch Perfect$85,615-16%125-29$685$64,912,84317Universal
20Hitchcock$82,954-12%122-5$680$5,788,2099Fox Searchlight
21Dabangg 2$1,107-72%1660$7$2,505,3475Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Amour$446,07774%3621$12,391$1,217,7725Sony Pictures Classics
2Quartet$346,121635%3230$10,816$418,1982Weinstein Company
3Beasts of the Southern Wild$182,8332785%7167$2,575$11,487,86930Fox Searchlight
4LUV$102,203--45--$2,271$102,2031Indomina Media
5To the Arctic 3D$100,99446%520$1,942$10,888,20240Warner Bros. / IMAX
6The Perks of Being A Wallflower$63,189-5%73-27$866$17,671,12818Lionsgate / Summit
7The Sessions$51,846-10%628$836$5,802,27114Fox Searchlight
8Hubble 3D$51,42636%171$3,025$35,989,914149Warner Bros. / IMAX
9A Royal Affair$49,334291%389$1,298$751,59511Magnolia Pictures
10Born to Be Wild 3D$45,69890%300$1,523$21,787,67994Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Cloud Atlas$34,722-53%58-104$599$27,098,58013Warner Bros.
12Searching For Sugar Man$34,09131%275$1,263$3,140,48326Sony Pictures Classics
1356 Up$32,03581%42$8,009$91,5013First Run Features
14Ice Age: Continental Drift$30,1866%40-8$755$161,276,53928Fox
15The Master$21,286-4%14-2$1,520$16,048,22119Weinstein Company
16Playing For Keeps (2012)$20,790-36%58-49$358$12,938,5267FilmDistrict
17A Late Quartet$18,868-38%14-3$1,348$1,444,79812Entertainment One / RKO
18Space Station 3D$18,06037%42$4,515$87,004,334562IMAX
19Deep Sea 3D$14,66633%41$3,667$45,308,573360Warner Bros. / IMAX
20The House I Live In$12,551435%53$2,510$199,25416Abramorama
21The Rabbi's Cat$12,343--7--$1,763$19,3237GKIDS
22West of Memphis$9,572238%97$1,064$57,4164Sony Pictures Classics
23Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel$9,23449%70$1,319$985,14518IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
24Not Fade Away$8,517-79%56-121$152$607,3275Paramount Vantage
25Killing Them Softly$6,270-66%12-19$523$14,953,9868Weinstein Company
26Somewhere Between$6,108-1%32$2,036$203,55322Long Shot Factory
27Under the Sea 3D$5,64849%74$807$32,513,828206Warner Bros. / IMAX
28Greenwich Village: Music That Defined a Generation$5,530--1--$5,530$5,5301Kino Lorber
29Any Day Now$5,203-42%7-8$743$157,8136Music Box Films
30Let My People Go!$3,59461%32$1,198$7,0832Zeitgeist Films
31The Waiting Room$3,377540%32$1,126$180,63817International Film Circuit
32Brief Reunion$3,085--2--$1,543$3,0851Striped Entertainment
33Robot & Frank$2,921-78%10-16$292$3,325,03823IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
345 Broken Cameras$1,777--1--$1,777$77,38434Kino Lorber
35Orchestra of Exiles$1,640--1--$1,640$26,35013First Run Features
36Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters$1,512-66%1-1$1,512$42,82212Zeitgeist Films
37The Invisible War$1,361--4--$340$64,01031Cinedigm
38Deadfall (2012)$1,322812%21$661$65,8047Magnolia Pictures
39Brooklyn Castle$1,292-41%31$431$207,71214Producers Distribution Agency
40Officer Down$1,184--1--$1,184$1,1841Anchor Bay Films
41Django (2012 re-issue)$1,181222%20$591$20,3525Rialto Pictures
42Wagner & Me$1,058-35%1-1$1,058$31,8857First Run Features
43The Law in These Parts$748--1--$748$11,97610Cinema Guild
44Nothing But a Man (2012 re-issue)$566-2%10$566$7,74011APD/Cinema Conservancy
45A Dark Truth$424-78%1-2$424$4,4423Magnolia Pictures
46California Solo$334-79%10$334$15,3688Strand Releasing
47North Sea Texas$332--1--$332$25,85012Strand Releasing
48The Man Who Shook the Hand of Vicente Fernandez$205-20%10$205$6,8597Indican Pictures
49Storage 24$72--1--$72$721Magnolia / Magnet
50Neighboring Sounds$32--1--$32$48,00622Cinema Guild