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, Jan. 18 2003

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jan. 18 2003LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Kangaroo Jack$7,424,58599%2,818--$2,635$11,147,9511Warner Bros.
2National Security$6,055,91235%2,729--$2,219$10,540,1511Sony / Columbia
3Catch Me If You Can (2002)$4,955,61266%3,050-175$1,625$131,738,2724DreamWorks
4Just Married$4,819,84729%2,7693$1,741$30,102,7672Fox
5The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers$4,521,78570%3,110-367$1,454$294,815,8065New Line
6A Guy Thing$2,665,2838%2,515--$1,060$5,129,9301MGM
7Two Weeks Notice$1,778,60551%2,240-515$794$83,851,0445Warner Bros.
8Gangs of New York$1,690,94173%2,170-170$779$59,436,5625Miramax
9Maid in Manhattan$1,361,97459%2,171-755$627$87,472,1596Sony / Columbia
10Antwone Fisher$1,300,13176%1,02114$1,273$13,563,9375Fox Searchlight