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, Dec. 19 2003

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Dec. 19 2003LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King$21,811,25328%3,703--$5,890$73,281,3011New Line
2Mona Lisa Smile$4,116,646--2,677--$1,538$4,116,6461Sony / Columbia
3Something's Gotta Give$3,225,041123%2,6770$1,205$25,238,1592Sony / Columbia
4The Last Samurai$2,108,90799%2,93830$718$53,827,9313Warner Bros.
5Stuck on You$1,639,264201%3,0074$545$13,338,6442Fox
6Elf$1,430,855179%2,451-425$584$150,761,7047New Line
7Bad Santa$1,378,834160%2,225-315$620$39,197,5004Miramax / Dimension
8Love Don't Cost a Thing$1,164,505271%1,8440$632$8,606,1452Warner Bros.
9The Haunted Mansion$950,137224%2,414-587$394$55,825,1604Disney
10Honey (2003)$848,622204%1,824-148$465$21,738,8313Universal