U.S. Weekend Box Office Round Up Oct 17 – 19, 2014

The U.S. got pounded by mortar shells as Fury (3,173 screens) took out the top spot with a solid $23.5m. For Brad Pitt that’s his best opening weekend since World War Z‘s gargantuan $66m opening last year. The $68m budgeted flick generated a $7,406 screen average which is solid but the film is tracking well behind BP’s other war flick, albeit a revisionist one, Inglourious Basterds which opened to $38m and grossed $121m domestically. Fury has a $60m finish in its sights. For director David Ayer this is his biggest opening ever and in 3 days its outgrossed the lives of all but one of his movies – End Of Watch ($41m life). Competition is afoot, though, as the critically loved John Wick (Keanu Reeves as avenging hitman) is rolling out this Friday.

Gone Girl (3,249 screens) just keeps on keeping on, only slipping 32.6% week on week, grossing $17.8m to bring its U.S. haul to $107.069m. Gone Girl is now David Fincher’s 2nd highest grossing film of all time behind The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button ($127.5m). Given the holds and strong critical reaction this Gone Girl should take the flag from Benjamin Button in about 3 weeks!

Film

Release

Opening Weekend

Life Gross

Screens

Per Screen Average

Global Cume

Ex US Cume

% International

Budget

The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button

25/12/08

$26,853,816

$127,509,326

2,988

$8,987

$333,900,000

$206,390,674

61.81%

$150,000,000

Gone Girl

3/10/14

$38,000,000

$107,069,000

3,014

$12,608

$201,569,000

$94,500,000

46.88%

$61,000,000

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

21/12/11

$12,768,604

$102,515,793

2,950

$4,328

$323,600,000

$221,084,207

68.32%

$90,000,000

Se7en

22/9/95

$13,949,807

$100,125,643

2,528

$5,518

$327,300,000

$227,174,357

69.41%

$33,000,000

The Social Network

1/10/11

$22,445,653

$96,962,694

2,921

$7,684

$224,900,000

$127,937,306

56.89%

$40,000,000

Panic Room

29/3/02

$30,056,751

$96,397,334

3,119

$9,637

$196,400,000

$100,002,666

50.92%

$48,000,000

Alien 3

22/5/92

$19,449,867

$55,473,545

2,227

$8,734

$159,800,000

$104,326,455

65.29%

$50,000,000

The Game

12/9/97

$14,337,029

$48,323,648

2,521

$5,687

$109,400,000

$61,076,352

55.83%

$30,000,000

Fight Club

15/10/99

$11,035,485

$37,030,102

1,966

$5,613

$100,900,000

$63,869,898

63.30%

$63,000,000

Zodiac

2/3/07

$13,395,610

$33,080,084

2,379

$5,631

$84,800,000

$51,719,916

60.99%

$65,000,000

Averages

$20,229,262

$80,448,717

2,661

$7,602

$206,256,900

$125,808,183

61.00%

$63,000,000

The Book Of Life (3,070 screens) surprises in 3rd with a solid $17m opening weekend. The spanish produced animation held off Disney’s week 2er Alexander and the yada yada far too long movie title and earned a $5,537 screen average. Spanish director Jorge Gutierrez’s flick was produced for $50m and, given this result came off 2 days of trade, there’s $50m in the box office for the film.

The Best Of Me (2,936 screens), the latest Nicholas Sparks romantic weepie, tanks in 5th with $10.2m or a $3,474 screen average. The $26m production stars James Marsden and Michelle Monaghan as the lovers and is the 9th in the Nicholas Sparks franchise of films. It’s also the worst performing of all them. This should be able to creep to $25m nationally off its $26m production budget.

Dracula Untold (2,900 screens) has crossed $40m!

The Equalizer (2,262 screens) crosses $90m today!

The Maze Runner (2,155 screens) has crossed $91m!

Birdman (4 screens) had a smashing opening with $415k or $103,750 per screen! WOW!

Dear White People (11 screens), the biting satire, opens strongly with $344k or $31,273 per screen! EEK!

In Cinemas Friday October 24, 2014 – John Wick, Ouija, 23 Blast, Citizenfour, Laggies, St Vincent, White Bird In A Blizzard

Figures from Box Office Mojo

TW LW Title (click to view) Studio Weekend Gross % Change Theater Count /Change Average Total Gross Budget* Week #
1 N Fury (2014) Sony $23,500,000 3,173 $7,406 $23,500,000 $68 1
2 1 Gone Girl Fox $17,800,000 -32.6% 3,249 -35 $5,479 $107,069,000 $61 3
3 N The Book of Life (2014) Fox $17,000,000 3,070 $5,537 $17,000,000 $50 1
4 3 Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day BV $12,039,000 -34.4% 3,088 $3,899 $36,871,000 $28 2
5 N The Best of Me Rela. $10,200,000 2,936 $3,474 $10,200,000 $26 1
6 2 Dracula Untold Uni. $9,889,000 -57.9% 2,900 +15 $3,410 $40,735,000 $70 2
7 5 The Judge WB $7,940,000 -39.5% 3,003 $2,644 $26,843,000 $50 2
8 4 Annabelle WB (NL) $7,925,000 -50.0% 2,878 -337 $2,754 $74,127,000 $6.5 3
9 6 The Equalizer Sony $5,450,000 -43.8% 2,262 -855 $2,409 $89,170,000 $55 4
10 8 The Maze Runner Fox $4,500,000 -39.7% 2,155 -917 $2,088 $90,837,000 $34 5
N Birdman FoxS $415,000 4 $103,750 $415,000 1
N Dear White People RAtt. $344,000 11 $31,273 $344,000 1