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 Sat, Nov. 16 2002

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Nov. 16 2002LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets$34,213,70915%3,682--$9,292$63,844,8111Warner Bros.
28 Mile$8,299,04326%2,49626$3,325$79,984,9792Universal
3The Santa Clause 2$7,125,919100%3,346-6$2,130$78,107,2343Disney
4The Ring$4,774,15233%2,882-45$1,657$98,378,6135DreamWorks
5Half Past Dead$3,326,98925%2,113--$1,575$5,988,1351Sony / Columbia
6My Big Fat Greek Wedding$2,200,71466%1,812-163$1,215$184,992,08431IFC Films
7jackass: the movie$1,753,04644%2,413-119$727$58,448,0574Paramount
8I Spy$1,747,05645%2,611-571$669$29,878,0603Sony / Columbia
9Sweet Home Alabama$1,056,62847%1,469-535$719$121,426,4538Disney
10Femme Fatale$562,13547%1,0660$527$5,389,0182Warner Bros.