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, Jan. 18 - Sun, Jan. 20

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mama$28,123,000--2,647--$10,624$28,123,0001Universal
2Zero Dark Thirty$17,600,000-28%2,9469$5,974$55,944,7575Sony / Columbia
3Silver Linings Playbook$11,351,000126%2,5231713$4,499$55,310,27010Weinstein Company
4Gangster Squad$9,110,000-47%3,1030$2,936$32,220,0602Warner Bros.
5Broken City$9,000,000--2,620--$3,435$9,000,0001Fox
6A Haunted House$8,330,000-54%2,1600$3,856$29,943,1792Open Road
7Django Unchained$8,243,000-25%2,516-496$3,276$138,361,7354Weinstein Company
8Les Miserables (2012)$7,800,000-19%2,579-348$3,024$130,358,0204Universal
9The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$6,405,000-30%2,323-689$2,757$287,394,7416Warner Bros. / New Line
10The Last Stand$6,300,000--2,913--$2,163$6,300,0001Lionsgate
11Lincoln$5,395,000-15%2,174147$2,482$160,531,07911Disney / DreamWorks
12Parental Guidance$4,250,000-30%2,337-620$1,819$66,275,1544Fox
13Life of Pi$3,400,00026%1,256499$2,707$99,237,3059Fox
14Jack Reacher$2,445,000-49%1,707-1000$1,432$76,622,3335Paramount
15This is 40$2,200,000-50%1,232-1088$1,786$65,081,0005Universal
16Texas Chainsaw 3D$1,400,000-73%1,474-1185$950$33,592,9383Lionsgate
17Wreck-It Ralph$1,294,00097%1,312836$986$180,801,30412Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Impossible$2,530,0000%88678$2,856$10,246,5655Lionsgate / Summit
2Argo$2,440,00094%756135$3,228$114,961,55415Warner Bros.
3Skyfall$1,050,000-33%507-316$2,071$300,937,07411Sony / Columbia
4Monsters, Inc. 3D$756,000-56%565-562$1,338$31,696,5155Disney
5The Guilt Trip$615,000-68%642-964$958$35,707,5845Paramount
6Rise of The Guardians$555,000-48%474-431$1,171$99,491,3639Paramount / DreamWorks
7Hyde Park on Hudson$428,452-29%194-52$2,209$4,869,9857Focus
8The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$345,000-47%306-236$1,127$290,725,02310Lionsgate / Summit
9Flight$289,00095%300150$963$93,093,45512Paramount
10Rust and Bone$246,83532%16889$1,469$1,484,3779Sony Pictures Classics
11Red Dawn (2012)$218,000102%24924$876$44,290,9389FilmDistrict
12Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$210,000-54%265-165$792$12,160,0065Paramount
13Anna Karenina (2012)$156,795-32%117-27$1,340$12,226,68910Focus
14Promised Land (2012)$130,111-90%134-1513$971$7,542,1974Focus
15Pitch Perfect$69,000-32%125-29$552$64,896,22817Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Amour$413,26161%3621$11,479$1,184,9565Sony Pictures Classics
2Quartet$320,000579%3230$10,000$392,0772Weinstein Company
3LUV$90,000--45--$2,000$90,0001Indomina Media
4The Perks of Being A Wallflower$47,000-30%73-27$644$17,654,93918Lionsgate / Summit
5Searching For Sugar Man$32,02923%275$1,186$3,138,42126Sony Pictures Classics
6Chasing Ice$29,746--39--$763$1,000,46711Submarine Deluxe
7Playing For Keeps (2012)$19,000-41%58-49$328$12,936,7367FilmDistrict
8Holy Motors$11,394--6--$1,899$612,16814Indomina Releasing
9West of Memphis$8,340195%97$927$56,1844Sony Pictures Classics
10Not Fade Away$6,000-85%56-121$107$604,8105Paramount Vantage