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 Sun, Jul. 31 2005

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jul. 31 2005LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Wedding Crashers$6,462,009-16%3,030105$2,133$115,627,4743New Line
2Charlie and the Chocolate Factory$5,043,599-20%3,775-15$1,336$148,094,5853Warner Bros.
3Sky High$4,207,979-23%2,905--$1,449$14,633,3091Disney
4Stealth$3,684,934-23%3,495--$1,054$13,251,1201Sony / Columbia
5Must Love Dogs$3,375,833-32%2,505--$1,348$12,856,0181Warner Bros.
6Fantastic Four$2,101,969-25%2,744-705$766$136,258,6474Fox
7The Island (2005)$1,948,076-13%3,13816$621$24,318,8292DreamWorks
8Bad News Bears$1,695,308-20%3,1830$533$22,667,2712Paramount
9War of the Worlds$1,650,080-27%2,324-941$710$218,366,1865Paramount
10Hustle and Flow$1,203,767-27%1,0152$1,186$14,591,7702Paramount Classics