Grosses

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. 5 - Sun, Jan. 7

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Pursuit of Happyness$12,881,769-33%3,027157$4,256$124,035,4914Sony / Columbia
2Children of Men$10,198,3471939%1,2091193$8,435$11,805,5471Universal
3Freedom Writers$9,404,864--1,360--$6,915$9,404,8641Paramount
4Happily N'Ever After$6,607,907--2,381--$2,775$6,607,9071Lionsgate
5Charlotte's Web (2006)$6,597,609-43%3,303-442$1,997$66,964,5794Paramount
6The Good Shepherd$6,445,450-41%2,25032$2,865$48,342,3453Universal
7Rocky Balboa$6,017,482-43%3,018-1$1,994$60,644,1853MGM
8We Are Marshall$4,875,618-40%2,502-104$1,949$34,067,6003Warner Bros.
9Eragon$4,810,785-41%2,625-360$1,833$67,044,5434Fox
10Code Name: The Cleaner$4,244,142--1,736--$2,445$4,244,1421New Line