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. 17 - Sun, Jan. 19

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ride Along$41,200,000--2,663--$15,471$41,200,0001Universal
2Lone Survivor$23,200,000-39%2,989114$7,762$74,010,1214Universal
3The Nut Job$20,550,000--3,427--$5,996$20,550,0001Open Road
4Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$17,200,000--3,387--$5,078$17,200,0001Paramount
5Frozen (2013)$11,971,000-19%2,979-260$4,018$332,602,3619Disney
6American Hustle$10,600,00028%2,204-425$4,809$116,431,1916Sony / Columbia
7Devil's Due$8,500,000--2,544--$3,341$8,500,0001Fox
8August: Osage County$7,592,0006%2,0511146$3,702$18,181,2704Weinstein Company
9The Wolf of Wall Street$7,500,000-15%1,930-591$3,886$90,276,5984Paramount
10Saving Mr. Banks$4,147,000-37%2,449-222$1,693$75,391,2976Disney
11Her (2013)$4,065,000-24%1,7290$2,351$15,064,4275Warner Bros.
12The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$3,875,000-52%1,815-1260$2,135$248,694,8456Warner Bros. / New Line
13The Legend Of Hercules$3,400,000-62%2,1040$1,616$14,375,6512Lionsgate / Summit
14The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$2,900,000-34%1,328-434$2,184$417,899,7929Lionsgate
15Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$2,240,000-62%1,731-1281$1,294$122,171,3495Paramount
16Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$1,420,000-77%1,569-1314$905$31,353,1083Paramount
17The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$1,350,000-69%1,037-1547$1,302$55,145,8184Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gravity$1,945,000364%944789$2,060$258,355,66916Warner Bros.
212 Years a Slave$1,515,000460%761647$1,991$40,619,29814Fox Searchlight
3Philomena$1,307,000-6%505-102$2,588$24,069,4849Weinstein Company
4Inside Llewyn Davis$1,105,000-41%585-144$1,889$11,143,2617CBS Films
5Nebraska$940,0006%408-113$2,304$9,714,71710Paramount Vantage
6Dallas Buyers Club$917,000282%419294$2,189$17,789,01312Focus
7Captain Phillips$550,000476%903789$609$105,667,66215Sony / Columbia
847 Ronin$446,000-73%343-1016$1,300$37,596,8754Universal
9Walking With Dinosaurs$350,000-75%454-885$771$34,326,6465Fox
10Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$315,000-5%256-8$1,230$118,449,54217Sony / Columbia
11The Book Thief$230,000-41%190-113$1,211$20,160,40011Fox
12Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$200,000-82%391-649$512$52,251,7186Lionsgate
13Grudge Match$162,000-92%408-1597$397$29,066,1044Warner Bros.
14Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$80,000-41%154-38$519$101,957,20913Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Great Beauty$129,88881%5416$2,405$1,259,67610Janus Films
2The Past$110,04941%3013$3,668$389,4325Sony Pictures Classics
3The Invisible Woman$100,304127%2617$3,858$292,7084Sony Pictures Classics
4Blue Jasmine$50,325184%2812$1,797$33,150,78926Sony Pictures Classics
5All Is Lost$41,10013%56-13$734$6,177,23714Roadside Attractions
6The Square (2013)$35,615--7--$5,088$88,56913Netflix Originals
7Like Father, Like Son (2014)$16,500--2--$8,250$16,5001IFC Films
8American Mustang$8,100--1--$8,100$8,1001Vitagraph / Just Media
9In Bloom$4,556-51%20$2,278$18,5362Big World Pictures
10Life of a King$4,304--16--$269$4,3041Millennium Entertainment
1120 Feet from Stardom$1,201-65%3-5$400$4,834,56732RADiUS-TWC
12Cutie and the Boxer$1,050--2--$525$190,42723RADiUS-TWC
13Inequality for All$237-65%21$119$1,194,87617RADiUS-TWC