NORTH AMERICA: 'Fury' Collects $33.05M During Its First Week of ReleaseOctober 24, 2014 01:04 PM

by Daniel Garris

p>Sony's Fury took in $2.04 million on Thursday to lead the daily box office for a seventh consecutive day. The David Ayer directed World War II film starring Brad Pitt was down a solid 5 percent from Wednesday's performance. After being a bit front-loaded over the weekend, Fury held up nicely throughout the midweek. Fury was the week's top film with a seven-day start of $33.05 million. That was towards the lower end of expectations and places the film 15 percent ahead of the $28.67 million seven-day start of Sony's The Monuments Men earlier this year.

Fox's Gone Girl held steady in second place with $1.47 million. The critically acclaimed David Fincher directed film starring Ben Affleck was down a slim 2 percent from Wednesday and down 35 percent from last Thursday. Gone Girl placed in second for the week with $23.72 million. That was down 37 percent from the previous frame and brings the film's three-week total to a very impressive $112.99 million.

Warner's The Judge grossed $0.74 million to remain in third. In the process, the Robert Downey Jr. led drama surpassed the $30 million mark on Thursday. The Judge was down 6 percent from Wednesday and down 34.5 percent from last Thursday. The film placed in seventh for the week with $11.13 million. That represented a 41 percent decline from last week and places the film's 14-day total at $30.03 million.

Relativity's The Best of Me was up 2 percent and one spot from Wednesday to claim fourth on Thursday with $0.68 million. The Nicholas Sparks adaptation starring Michelle Monaghan and James Marsden placed in sixth for the week with a seven-day start of $12.93 million. The Best of Me continues to perform on the low end of its modest expectations (and softly for a Sparks adaptation).

The Book of Life was up one spot from Wednesday to round out Thursday's top five with $0.66 million. Fox's modestly budgeted 3D computer animated film was essentially unchanged from Wednesday's performance. The Book of Life placed in third for the week with a seven-day start of $20.11 million. That was in line with expectations and was on par with the recent $20.11 million seven-day take of The Boxtrolls.

On the platform front, Fox Searchlight's Birdman continued to impress with $46,874 from 4 locations. That represented a 12 percent decline from Wednesday and gave the critically acclaimed Alejandro González Iñárritu directed film starring Michael Keaton a massive per-location average of $11,719 for the day. Birdman has grossed $630,441 through seven days of platform release. The film will be playing in 50 locations this weekend.

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, Feb. 5 - Sun, Feb. 7

Wide (1000+)

1Payback (1999)$21,221,526--2,729--$7,776$21,221,5261Paramount
2She's All That$11,652,050-27%2,620398$4,447$27,717,4802Miramax
3Patch Adams$4,407,962-27%2,729-150$1,615$122,376,4027Universal
4Varsity Blues$3,841,120-35%2,3640$1,625$22,641,1624Paramount
5Saving Private Ryan$3,610,45012450%1,0271023$3,516$194,400,47329DreamWorks
6A Civil Action$3,075,382-36%2,031-288$1,514$30,826,1695Disney
7Stepmom$2,513,393-30%2,3580$1,066$87,197,0747Sony / TriStar
8Simply Irresistible$2,232,686--1,359--$1,643$2,232,6861Fox
9You've Got Mail$2,189,019-28%2,016-80$1,086$106,056,2368Warner Bros.
10The Prince of Egypt$1,922,473-27%1,663-262$1,156$93,389,1748DreamWorks