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.

Studio Weekend Estimates (Domestic) Fri, Apr. 6 - Sun, Apr. 8

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games$33,500,000-43%4,1370$8,098$302,839,1653Lionsgate
2American Reunion$21,466,200--3,192--$6,725$21,466,2001Universal
3Titanic 3D$17,350,000--2,674--$6,488$25,710,4821Paramount
4Wrath of the Titans$15,010,000-55%3,5450$4,234$58,892,0912Warner Bros.
5Mirror Mirror$11,000,000-39%3,61815$3,040$36,678,1022Relativity Media
621 Jump Street$10,200,000-31%3,009-139$3,390$109,612,3824Sony / Columbia
7Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$5,015,010-36%3,003-261$1,670$198,189,3606Universal
8John Carter$820,000-60%1,015-1382$808$67,973,3475Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$975,000-23%52441$1,861$4,639,0015CBS Films
2Safe House$580,810-26%482-247$1,205$124,750,9709Universal
3The Raid: Redemption$564,585109%176130$3,208$1,288,1953Sony Pictures Classics
4Act of Valor$536,000-47%708-531$757$68,769,2077Relativity Media
5Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$505,000-38%651-257$776$99,353,6769Warner Bros. / New Line
6A Thousand Words$475,000-47%507-500$937$17,418,8795Paramount
7Jeff Who Lives at Home$405,000-40%447-66$906$3,386,8704Paramount Vantage
8October Baby$367,096-52%339-48$1,083$3,782,29524IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
9Project X (2012)$305,000-62%444-459$687$54,039,7786Warner Bros.
10The Vow$285,000-14%479-35$595$123,913,9819Sony / Screen Gems
11Casa de mi Padre$260,000-56%283-156$919$5,488,9854Lionsgate / Pantelion
12Friends With Kids$233,250-49%206-102$1,132$6,736,3095Roadside Attractions
13This Means War$214,000-49%321-254$667$53,454,1488Fox
14The Artist$180,000-36%222-93$811$43,846,49020Weinstein Company
15Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$154,000-43%204-117$755$34,659,4147Lionsgate
16A Separation$142,182-36%141-58$1,008$6,697,91615Sony Pictures Classics
17The Iron Lady$127,000-30%236-48$538$29,649,00515Weinstein Company
18Silent House (2012)$114,500-35%214-111$535$12,554,5835Open Road
19The Woman in Black$102,000-34%159-20$642$54,107,60310CBS Films
20Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$70,000-35%102-48$686$209,364,76217Paramount
21Hugo$70,000-46%101-73$693$73,821,68320Paramount
22Gone$55,00061%12160$455$11,651,6997Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Footnote$124,393-48%655$1,914$805,2345Sony Pictures Classics
2We Need to Talk About Kevin$77,54915%65-2$1,193$1,573,89118Oscilloscope
3Bully (2012)$74,786-36%61$12,464$235,1962Weinstein Company
4Damsels in Distress$64,199--4--$16,050$64,1991Sony Pictures Classics
5Being Flynn$33,731-20%33-7$1,022$529,0346Focus
6Coriolanus$26,79047%171$1,576$635,98912Weinstein Company
7The Grey$25,959-58%67-137$387$51,532,99811Open Road
8Undefeated$25,361-20%15-1$1,691$462,1878Weinstein Company
9Rampart$19,01039%4010$475$882,6679Millennium Entertainment
10One For the Money$18,800-50%49-53$384$26,407,58911Lionsgate
11W.E.$18,000-6%210$857$519,77510Weinstein Company
12Intruders$7,923-81%11-22$720$65,0302Millennium Entertainment
13Turn Me On, Dammit!$6,320-38%20$3,160$21,1112New Yorker Films