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. 31 2004

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jan. 31 2004LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1You Got Served$7,512,22429%1,933--$3,886$13,337,5471Sony / Screen Gems
2Along Came Polly$4,762,48952%3,05257$1,560$64,601,3743Universal
3The Butterfly Effect$4,585,27133%2,6050$1,760$30,218,0902New Line
4The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King$2,739,098100%2,256-302$1,214$344,136,8737New Line
5Big Fish$2,336,81868%2,280-158$1,025$54,515,4038Sony / Columbia
6Mystic River$2,301,97077%1,37043$1,680$64,097,58016Warner Bros.
7The Perfect Score$2,256,04612%2,208--$1,022$4,274,6831Paramount
8Cheaper by the Dozen$2,249,900101%2,396-414$939$127,116,0816Fox
9Cold Mountain$2,140,37278%2,500-302$856$77,661,0936Miramax
10Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!$2,005,31831%2,80897$714$12,435,4522DreamWorks