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, Nov. 14 - Sun, Nov. 16

Wide (1000+)

1Elf$26,325,613-15%3,38144$7,786$70,358,4322New Line
2Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World$25,105,882--3,101--$8,096$25,105,8821Fox
3The Matrix Revolutions$16,416,450-66%3,5020$4,688$114,271,0752Warner Bros.
4Brother Bear$12,055,860-35%3,0300$3,979$63,057,0713Disney
5Looney Tunes: Back in Action$9,316,369--2,903--$3,209$9,316,3691Warner Bros.
6Love Actually$8,698,24226%1,177601$7,390$18,863,8192Universal
7Scary Movie 3$6,105,246-44%2,960-328$2,063$102,349,4324Miramax / Dimension
8Radio$4,808,635-33%2,416-395$1,990$43,520,4834Sony / Columbia
9Mystic River$3,245,205-32%1,550-31$2,094$45,571,7225Warner Bros.
10Runaway Jury$2,782,814-40%1,582-551$1,759$44,519,4825Fox