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.

Daily Domestic Gross Thu, Dec. 28 2000

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Dec. 28 2000LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cast Away$8,835,216-5%2,774--$3,185$69,651,9291Fox
2What Women Want (2000)$6,148,6671%3,04432$2,020$89,354,5612Paramount
3Miss Congeniality$4,353,5061%2,668--$1,632$27,479,9751Warner Bros.
4The Family Man$3,522,7442%2,388--$1,475$26,397,4981Universal
5How the Grinch Stole Christmas$2,942,383-2%3,164-92$930$244,345,2586Universal
6Vertical Limit$1,723,1264%2,40598$716$43,723,0413Sony / Columbia
7102 Dalmatians$1,171,6178%1,684-506$696$52,730,0665Disney
8Rugrats in Paris: The Movie$1,127,9968%1,890-650$597$48,238,3656Paramount
9All the Pretty Horses$875,0461%1,483--$590$4,169,5970Miramax
10Proof of Life$653,1983%2,062-643$317$23,391,4223Warner Bros.