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, Oct. 15 2006

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Oct. 15 2006LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Departed$5,192,080-36%3,0170$1,721$56,984,6232Warner Bros.
2Open Season (2006)$3,377,847-32%3,687-146$916$59,266,3633Sony / Columbia
3The Grudge 2$3,345,747-55%3,211--$1,042$20,826,0011Sony / Columbia
4Man of the Year (2006)$2,931,484-44%2,515--$1,166$12,299,8611Universal
5The Marine$1,924,928-32%2,545--$756$7,139,5781Fox
6The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning$1,801,244-39%2,8200$639$30,198,1182New Line
7The Guardian (2006)$1,498,616-43%3,044-197$492$41,136,6493Disney
8Employee of the Month$1,306,186-42%2,5790$506$19,582,4812Lionsgate
9jackass: number two$917,392-34%2,330-677$394$68,377,8364Paramount
10School for Scoundrels (2006)$318,909-44%1,406-1601$227$16,369,1473MGM / Weinstein