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, Jan. 23 - Sun, Jan. 25

Wide (1000+)

1The Butterfly Effect$17,065,227--2,605--$6,551$17,065,2271New Line
2Along Came Polly$16,352,484-41%2,99511$5,460$53,264,8432Universal
3Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!$7,320,058--2,711--$2,700$7,320,0581DreamWorks
4Big Fish$7,109,365-31%2,438-76$2,916$48,936,0147Sony / Columbia
5The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King$6,786,756-34%2,558-445$2,653$337,825,0146New Line
6Cheaper by the Dozen$6,381,831-46%2,810-215$2,271$122,531,4965Fox
7Cold Mountain$5,004,505-27%2,8020$1,786$72,582,7685Miramax
8Torque$4,492,683-61%2,4630$1,824$17,278,9232Warner Bros.
9Something's Gotta Give$4,018,249-40%2,143-359$1,875$107,050,7947Sony / Columbia
10Mystic River$3,368,677736%1,3271194$2,539$58,780,19715Warner Bros.