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 Tue, Dec. 25 2007

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Dec. 25 2007LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1National Treasure: Book of Secrets$13,656,28595%3,832--$3,564$65,444,0381Disney
2I Am Legend$9,781,056122%3,62014$2,702$150,951,8942Warner Bros.
3Aliens vs. Predator - Requiem$9,515,492--2,563--$3,713$9,515,4920Fox
4Alvin and the Chipmunks$6,038,58538%3,49924$1,726$94,473,1782Fox
5Charlie Wilson's War$4,338,106122%2,575--$1,685$15,952,5411Universal
6The Great Debaters$3,639,088--1,164--$3,126$3,639,0880MGM / Weinstein
7Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street$3,166,067171%1,249--$2,535$13,636,1881Paramount / DreamWorks
8The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep$2,385,391--2,772--$861$2,385,3910Sony / Columbia
9P.S. I Love You$2,085,132191%2,454--$850$9,283,4531Warner Bros.
10Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story$1,527,010175%2,650--$576$6,254,7041Sony / Columbia