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, May. 4 - Sun, May. 6

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Marvel's The Avengers$200,300,000--4,349--$46,057$200,300,0001Disney
2Think Like a Man$8,000,000-55%2,010-5$3,980$73,029,4343Sony / Screen Gems
3The Hunger Games$5,700,000-47%2,794-778$2,040$380,726,9987Lionsgate
4The Lucky One (2012)$5,510,000-49%3,005-170$1,834$47,916,9453Warner Bros.
5The Pirates! Band of Misfits$5,400,000-52%3,3580$1,608$18,563,4592Sony / Columbia
6The Five-Year Engagement$5,088,000-52%2,9415$1,730$19,191,9052Universal
7The Raven$2,508,000-66%2,2096$1,135$12,047,3452Relativity Media
8Safe (2012)$2,470,000-69%2,2715$1,088$12,873,7582Lionsgate
9Chimpanzee$2,395,000-54%1,531-36$1,564$23,012,4333Disneynature
10The Three Stooges$1,800,000-65%2,174-931$828$39,636,6824Fox
11The Cabin in the Woods$1,550,000-66%1,669-970$929$38,003,9434Lionsgate
1221 Jump Street$1,050,000-65%1,040-780$1,010$133,984,6838Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1American Reunion$838,880-71%856-1298$980$55,322,4905Universal
2Mirror Mirror$715,000-68%922-1095$775$60,143,2516Relativity Media
3Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$403,775-52%521-362$775$209,011,42010Universal
4Titanic 3D$335,000-82%333-1076$1,006$57,260,1745Paramount
5Lockout$207,261-78%311-948$666$13,882,1814Open Road
6Bully (2012)$168,000-49%2630$639$2,534,8776Weinstein Company
7Damsels in Distress$159,42892%205148$778$630,1445Sony Pictures Classics
8Safe House$112,000-33%175-54$640$126,026,15013Universal
9A Thousand Words$80,000-31%140-29$571$18,188,6049Paramount
10Act of Valor$73,000-53%193-92$378$69,823,57611Relativity Media
11Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$60,000310%143104$420$34,939,71411Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$750,301--27--$27,789$750,3011Fox Searchlight
2Monsieur Lazhar$220,814-10%8113$2,726$912,55428Music Box Films
3Bernie$140,45064%85$17,556$261,7492Millennium Entertainment
4Footnote$96,684-34%82-19$1,179$1,696,5489Sony Pictures Classics
5Darling Companion$67,6735%4629$1,471$211,7143Sony Pictures Classics
6Sound of My Voice$52,65646%2823$1,881$101,9102Fox Searchlight
7A Beautiful Soul$51,800--20--$2,590$51,8001Tyscot Manhaddon Films
8The Deep Blue Sea (2011)$46,845-38%36-20$1,301$956,5337Music Box Films
9Jeff Who Lives at Home$30,000-48%47-32$638$4,193,6758Paramount Vantage
10Elles$30,00024%137$2,308$67,3852Kino Lorber
11Casa de mi Padre$28,75034%6832$423$5,847,7448Lionsgate / Pantelion
12Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$26,683-67%30-37$889$1,136,2394Code Black Entertainment
13Friends With Kids$17,625-44%34-19$518$7,186,8629Roadside Attractions
14Coriolanus$13,000-18%184$722$727,67216Weinstein Company
15The Artist$13,000-55%41-9$317$44,240,49524Weinstein Company
16Blue Like Jazz$10,330-72%20-26$517$578,1804Roadside Attractions
17A Little Bit of Heaven$9,830--11--$894$9,8301Millennium Entertainment
18Touchback$7,000-73%12-16$583$196,7974Anchor Bay Films
19Undefeated$6,000-47%13-7$462$530,46912Weinstein Company
20Rampart$3,892-67%10-8$389$969,50513Millennium Entertainment
21Turn Me On, Dammit!$1,680-81%1-4$1,680$57,2026New Yorker Films