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, Oct. 4 - Sun, Oct. 6

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gravity$55,550,000--3,575--$15,538$55,550,0001Warner Bros.
2Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$21,500,000-37%4,0010$5,374$60,556,7262Sony / Columbia
3Runner Runner$7,600,000--3,026--$2,512$7,600,0001Fox
4Prisoners$5,700,000-48%3,236-54$1,761$47,879,9683Warner Bros.
5Rush (2013)$4,408,000-56%2,30811$1,910$18,094,3193Universal
6Don Jon$4,160,000-52%2,4220$1,718$16,077,3172Relativity Media
7Baggage Claim$4,125,000-54%2,0303$2,032$15,185,0812Fox Searchlight
8Insidious Chapter 2$3,876,000-41%2,607-513$1,487$74,749,5874FilmDistrict
9We're the Millers$1,610,000-43%1,606-799$1,002$144,900,0139Warner Bros. / New Line
10The Family (2013)$1,473,000-61%2,023-871$728$34,578,9034Relativity Media
11Lee Daniels' The Butler$1,188,000-51%1,563-499$760$112,365,7408Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Pulling Strings$2,500,000--387--$6,460$2,500,0001Lionsgate / Pantelion
2Enough Said$2,150,0002%437210$4,920$5,386,5963Fox Searchlight
3Instructions Not Included$1,850,000-47%858-90$2,156$41,266,0966Lionsgate / Pantelion
4Grace Unplugged$1,045,400--511--$2,046$1,045,4001Roadside Attractions
5Metallica Through The Never$682,692-57%589284$1,159$2,723,9072Picturehouse
6Riddick$541,000-66%795-1031$681$41,199,9205Universal
7Battle of the Year$515,000-75%907-1101$568$8,461,4963Sony / Screen Gems
8Despicable Me 2$470,000-41%485-263$969$362,420,60014Universal
9Blue Jasmine$454,010-27%289-239$1,571$31,390,79511Sony Pictures Classics
10Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$410,000-49%513-494$799$65,965,3909Fox
11Monsters University$402,000154%25072$1,608$266,511,30916Disney
12Besharam$388,915--217--$1,792$506,1351Reliance Entertainment
13Parkland$334,100--257--$1,300$334,1001Exclusive Media
14Planes$250,000-67%376-1050$665$88,127,3159Disney
15The Wolverine$170,000-37%241-88$705$131,578,45811Fox
16Red 2$139,000116%20393$685$53,033,48212Lionsgate / Summit
17The World's End$63,276-67%131-150$483$25,838,6577Focus

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Inequality for All$136,037-3%4113$3,318$335,7622RADiUS-TWC
2Generation Iron$133,750-11%70-14$1,911$540,9003The Vladar Company
3Wadjda$125,97171%4428$2,863$466,4374Sony Pictures Classics
4Linsanity$103,000--9--$11,444$103,0001Ketchup Entertainment
5Austenland$66,938-30%65-42$1,030$1,846,3798Sony Pictures Classics
6In a World...$62,700-44%78-43$804$2,710,1329Roadside Attractions
7The Spectacular Now$50,376-56%58-84$869$6,748,26310A24
8World War Z$43,000-51%75-85$573$202,351,34016Paramount
9Short Term 12$34,000-42%36-19$944$873,3617Cinedigm
10A.C.O.D.$20,047--3--$6,682$20,0471The Film Arcade
11You're Next$15,000-51%45-67$333$18,433,5487Lionsgate
12Mother of George$10,200--8--$1,275$100,7084Oscilloscope
13After Tiller$10,000--3--$3,333$30,7463Oscilloscope
14Concussion$8,216--2--$4,108$8,2161RADiUS-TWC
15We Are What We Are (2013)$7,655-44%86$957$25,0442eOne Films US
16Nothing Left to Fear$7,308--5--$1,462$7,3081Anchor Bay Films
17Let the Fire Burn$5,375--1--$5,375$7,8841Zeitgeist Films
18All Is Bright$4,088--10--$409$4,0881Anchor Bay Films