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, Nov. 30 - Sun, Dec. 2

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$17,410,000-60%4,008-62$4,344$254,592,5043Lionsgate / Summit
2Skyfall$17,000,000-52%3,463-63$4,909$246,029,1894Sony / Columbia
3Lincoln$13,509,000-47%2,0180$6,694$83,698,4734Disney / DreamWorks
4Rise of The Guardians$13,500,000-43%3,67219$3,676$48,947,2532Paramount / DreamWorks
5Life of Pi$12,000,000-47%2,9281$4,098$48,361,1412Fox
6Wreck-It Ralph$7,020,000-58%3,087-172$2,274$158,256,2635Disney
7Killing Them Softly$7,000,000--2,424--$2,888$7,000,0001Weinstein Company
8Red Dawn (2012)$6,550,000-54%2,78156$2,355$31,322,7082FilmDistrict
9Flight$4,540,000-46%2,603-35$1,744$81,526,8365Paramount
10The Collection$3,409,224--1,403--$2,430$3,409,2241LD Entertainment
11Argo$2,025,000-48%1,043-212$1,942$101,005,4178Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$3,341,000-24%3714$9,005$10,990,9813Weinstein Company
2Anna Karenina (2012)$2,229,678149%384318$5,806$4,091,0293Focus
3Talaash$1,982,913--174--$11,396$1,982,9131Reliance Entertainment
4Taken 2$470,000-51%496-267$948$137,165,5799Fox
5Pitch Perfect$411,000-43%403-89$1,020$63,123,17310Universal
6The Sessions$328,000-55%226-289$1,451$4,576,8667Fox Searchlight
7Cloud Atlas$225,000-47%194-64$1,160$26,163,1176Warner Bros.
8The Perks of Being A Wallflower$200,000-49%189-53$1,058$16,628,55911Lionsgate / Summit
9The Man With the Iron Fists$103,000-51%174-31$592$15,386,9455Universal
10Brave$95,000-49%181-9$525$237,069,22024Disney
11Alex Cross$58,000-48%114-30$509$25,491,0767Lionsgate / Summit
12ParaNorman$54,769-43%104-30$527$55,867,93416Focus
13Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$53,460-47%124-66$431$17,467,9916Open Road
14Fun Size$46,000-45%116-28$397$9,360,1756Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hitchcock$405,53741%5033$8,111$784,4192Fox Searchlight
2Back to 1942$100,000--20--$5,000$100,0001China Lion Film
3Chasing Ice$94,2624%3013$3,142$348,9464Submarine Deluxe
4A Late Quartet$86,497-35%74-14$1,169$870,6515Entertainment One / RKO
5Hecho en Mexico$78,000--12--$6,500$78,0001Lionsgate / Pantelion
6Searching For Sugar Man$47,902-21%5310$904$2,837,51919Sony Pictures Classics
7Sinister$46,000-50%88-39$523$47,775,3278Lionsgate / Summit
8Holy Motors$35,834-22%254$1,433$333,9257Indomina Releasing
9Rust and Bone$25,823-5%20$12,912$66,1442Sony Pictures Classics
10Samsara$25,00016%253$1,000$2,525,22015Oscilloscope
11Paranormal Activity 4$25,000-53%70-38$357$53,716,7727Paramount
12End of Watch$20,500-36%24-10$854$39,224,24811Open Road
13Beware of Mr. Baker$12,505--1--$12,505$17,0581SnagFilms
14Wuthering Heights (2012)$10,000376%104$1,000$97,9539Oscilloscope
15Brooklyn Castle$4,323-73%4-4$1,081$174,1637Producers Distribution Agency
16The Imposter$2,070-58%2-3$1,035$898,25921Indomina Releasing
17The House I Live In$1,91397%10$1,913$168,9629Abramorama
1828 Hotel Rooms$1,100-23%30$367$16,0434Oscilloscope