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 Mon, Apr. 12 2004

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Apr. 12 2004LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Home on the Range$1,856,3127%3,05811$607$29,273,0602Disney
2Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed$1,654,846-13%3,130-182$529$64,536,4803Warner Bros.
3Hellboy$1,351,254-51%3,04315$444$42,179,1312Sony / Columbia
4Ella Enchanted$1,323,425-2%1,931--$685$7,492,3371Miramax
5The Passion of the Christ$1,297,437-65%3,240-168$400$354,307,4677Newmarket
6Johnson Family Vacation$1,221,578-55%1,317--$928$13,036,4301Fox Searchlight
7The Alamo (2004)$1,135,960-50%2,609--$435$10,259,8531Disney
8Walking Tall$1,046,328-53%2,8360$369$30,000,9952MGM
9The Prince and Me$953,453-16%2,71129$352$19,371,4862Paramount
10The Girl Next Door$793,628-46%2,148--$369$6,796,9091Fox