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, Mar. 21 - Sun, Mar. 23

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Divergent$56,000,000--3,936--$14,228$56,000,0001Lionsgate / Summit
2Muppets Most Wanted$16,514,000--3,194--$5,170$16,514,0001Disney
3Mr. Peabody & Sherman$11,700,000-46%3,607-344$3,244$81,002,3843Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4300: Rise of an Empire$8,665,000-55%3,085-405$2,809$93,753,1193Warner Bros.
5Need For Speed$7,781,000-56%3,1150$2,498$30,404,8832Disney / DreamWorks
6Non-Stop (2014)$6,346,000-40%2,945-238$2,155$78,620,7304Universal
7The LEGO Movie$4,115,000-47%2,501-539$1,645$243,351,6747Warner Bros.
8Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$3,100,000-62%1,8960$1,635$12,910,0242Lionsgate
9Son of God$2,650,000-52%2,139-851$1,239$55,599,6484Fox
10Frozen (2013)$734,000-66%1,069-397$687$397,743,26118Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1God's Not Dead$8,563,512--780--$10,979$8,563,5121Freestyle / Pure Flix
2The Grand Budapest Hotel$6,750,00086%304238$22,204$12,960,5193Fox Searchlight
3The Monuments Men$975,000-53%938-656$1,039$75,708,7267Sony / Columbia
4Ride Along$608,000-56%650-374$935$133,101,00010Universal
5Veronica Mars$490,000-75%34756$1,412$2,854,7442Warner Bros.
612 Years a Slave$445,000-64%522-403$852$56,035,58523Fox Searchlight
7The Nut Job$338,000-30%335-70$1,009$62,602,39310Open Road
8American Hustle$240,000-61%281-222$854$149,814,40615Sony / Columbia
9RoboCop (2014)$230,000-73%328-637$701$57,084,1886Sony / Columbia
10Philomena$211,000-50%297-205$710$37,092,70518Weinstein Company
11About Last Night$202,000-70%214-410$944$48,268,1706Sony / Screen Gems
12The Wolf of Wall Street$190,000-54%215-71$884$116,686,70613Paramount
13Tim's Vermeer$162,869-19%12920$1,263$1,249,2238Sony Pictures Classics
14Dallas Buyers Club$156,000-58%178-103$876$27,073,34421Focus
15Lone Survivor$137,000-49%211-105$649$124,805,93113Universal
16Pompeii$130,000-78%201-470$647$22,818,2335Sony / TriStar
17The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$120,000-42%211-57$569$424,537,58018Lionsgate
18Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$85,000-36%128-24$664$50,426,11310Paramount
19August: Osage County$62,000-41%141-62$440$37,600,88313Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bad Words$500,000341%8781$5,747$655,7732Focus
2Enemy$206,2001176%9695$2,148$228,9082A24
3The Lunchbox$189,579113%3618$5,266$530,9564Sony Pictures Classics
4Le Week-End$141,000223%2522$5,640$205,1802Music Box Films
5Particle Fever$86,150-4%217$4,102$324,0583Abramorama / Bond 360
6That Awkward Moment$67,000-48%93-29$720$25,970,0018Focus
7On My Way$55,400426%2019$2,770$71,8622Cohen Media Group
8The Face of Love$44,800-14%3212$1,400$149,7343IFC Films
9Anita (2014)$44,382--7--$6,340$44,3821IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
10The Great Beauty$41,376-58%45-29$919$2,715,12119Janus Films
11Jodorowsky's Dune$36,713--3--$12,238$36,7131Sony Pictures Classics
12Repentance$29,000-72%43-83$674$1,183,3984Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
13Cheap Thrills$19,065--2--$9,533$19,0651Drafthouse Films
14Rob the Mob$11,626--1--$11,626$11,6261Millennium Entertainment
15Big Men$9,61227%32$3,204$20,6422Abramorama
16It Felt Like Love$8,000--1--$8,000$8,0001Variance Films
17Stalingrad (2014)$7,000-79%13-57$538$987,5834Sony / Columbia
18Teenage$5,000--2--$2,500$14,9502Oscilloscope
19The French Minister$3,800--1--$3,800$3,8001IFC Films
20The Art of the Steal (2014)$3,050-92%15-45$203$60,5662RADiUS-TWC
2120 Feet from Stardom$2,100-79%7-11$300$4,934,90541RADiUS-TWC