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 Fri, Jan. 24 2003

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jan. 24 2003LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Darkness Falls$4,757,595--2,837--$1,677$4,757,5951Sony / Columbia
2Kangaroo Jack$2,509,100347%2,84830$881$26,075,1272Warner Bros.
3National Security$2,369,535268%2,7290$868$21,100,6192Sony / Columbia
4Just Married$2,271,769313%2,705-64$840$39,144,7633Fox
5Catch Me If You Can (2002)$2,041,286184%2,776-274$735$140,508,1205DreamWorks
6Confessions of a Dangerous Mind$1,900,955--1,769--$1,075$2,220,5694Miramax
7The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers$1,749,335158%2,666-444$656$303,960,3116New Line
8About Schmidt$1,640,653204%1,236290$1,327$32,309,7137New Line
9A Guy Thing$1,232,403273%2,5205$489$10,169,1402MGM
10Gangs of New York$825,857109%1,905-265$434$63,433,7046Miramax