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, Sep. 28 - Sun, Sep. 30

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hotel Transylvania$43,000,000--3,349--$12,840$43,000,0001Sony / Columbia
2Looper$21,200,000--2,992--$7,086$21,200,0001Sony / TriStar
3End of Watch$8,000,265-39%2,78050$2,878$26,168,8972Open Road
4Trouble with the Curve$7,530,000-38%3,2120$2,344$23,725,9622Warner Bros.
5House at the End of the Street$7,154,000-42%3,0830$2,320$22,224,9692Relativity Media
6Finding Nemo 3D$4,066,000-58%2,639-265$1,541$36,474,9803Disney
7Resident Evil: Retribution$3,000,000-55%2,381-635$1,260$38,704,9333Sony / Screen Gems
8Won't Back Down$2,700,000--2,515--$1,074$2,700,0001Fox
9Dredd 3D$2,280,000-64%2,55751$892$10,864,6072Lionsgate
10The Possession$1,441,000-45%1,618-980$891$47,490,3185Lionsgate
11Lawless$861,000-62%1,503-1111$573$36,270,6405Weinstein Company
12ParaNorman$787,369-66%1,209-408$651$53,941,3387Focus
13The Odd Life of Timothy Green$646,000-58%1,187-565$544$49,708,8427Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Pitch Perfect$5,210,000--335--$15,552$5,210,0001Universal
2The Master$2,745,000-37%85668$3,207$9,633,0703Weinstein Company
3The Perks of Being A Wallflower$1,137,300398%10298$11,150$1,462,1392Lionsgate / Summit
4Arbitrage$923,000-22%25612$3,605$5,163,7593Roadside Attractions
5The Dark Knight Rises$800,000-37%655-293$1,221$444,388,23111Warner Bros.
6The Bourne Legacy$787,000-51%824-607$955$111,704,1558Universal
7The Campaign$515,000-57%630-620$817$85,926,5128Warner Bros.
8The Expendables 2$500,000-66%815-1005$613$84,001,1487Lionsgate
92016: Obama's America$393,316-58%575-641$684$32,927,75212Rocky Mountain Pictures
10Ice Age: Continental Drift$385,000-29%387-33$995$159,081,44512Fox
11Ted (2012)$174,000-29%224-69$777$218,117,06514Universal
12Sleepwalk With Me$165,100-29%127-8$1,300$1,890,8756IFC Films
13Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$150,000-33%203-37$739$216,097,17417Paramount / DreamWorks
14Last Ounce of Courage$146,086-74%297-767$492$3,190,9873Rocky Mountain Pictures
15The Intouchables$139,000-23%121-35$1,149$12,474,05319Weinstein Company
16Brave$129,000--114--$1,132$233,687,24715Disney
17Robot & Frank$111,000-39%111-45$1,000$3,075,6867IDP/Samuel Goldwyn

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Samsara$153,695-20%601$2,562$1,400,3176Oscilloscope
2Searching For Sugar Man$96,6494%37-1$2,612$1,320,04910Sony Pictures Classics
3Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel$95,20049%1411$6,800$198,0452IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
4For A Good Time, Call...$52,123-65%84-21$621$1,203,7095Focus
5Liberal Arts$49,60029%3111$1,600$150,6923IFC Films
610 Years$41,657-44%6320$661$179,9733Anchor Bay Films
7My Uncle Rafael$40,318-63%5-9$8,064$177,3642Rocky Mountain Pictures
8To Rome with Love$37,985-30%23-27$1,652$16,594,50315Sony Pictures Classics
9Vulgaria$36,000--16--$2,250$36,0001China Lion Film
10Indiana Jones and The Raiders of the Lost Ark: The IMAX Experience$31,000-59%40-45$775$3,119,5934Paramount
11Detropia$28,050-15%110$2,550$178,6134Loki Films
12The Other Dream Team$22,714--2--$11,357$22,7141The Film Arcade
13Celeste and Jesse Forever$21,008-55%34-20$618$3,056,1779Sony Pictures Classics
14How To Survive A Plague$17,600-38%84$2,200$58,5802IFC Films
15Hello I Must Be Going$9,945-52%11-4$904$84,9904Oscilloscope
16The Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best$3,9543%32$1,318$8,4182Oscilloscope
17Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$1,700-24%70$243$3,374,5258ARC Entertainment