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 Fri, Dec. 11 2009

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Dec. 11 2009LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Princess and the Frog$7,022,7355629%3,4343432$2,045$9,901,2421Disney
2The Blind Side$4,725,709222%3,38862$1,395$139,488,1014Warner Bros.
3Invictus$2,922,572--2,125--$1,375$2,922,5721Warner Bros.
4The Twilight Saga: New Moon$2,440,591148%3,635-489$671$261,800,2984Summit
5Disney's A Christmas Carol$1,710,393158%2,402-144$712$119,304,7926Disney
6Brothers (2009)$1,644,444154%2,0880$788$14,046,2352Lionsgate
7Old Dogs$1,241,248207%3,090-335$402$36,827,6573Disney
82012$1,207,648152%2,838-382$426$152,144,5785Sony / Columbia
9Armored$1,104,028185%1,9194$575$9,350,5492Sony / Screen Gems
10Ninja Assassin$800,28193%2,100-403$381$32,397,4983Warner Bros.