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. 20 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Dec. 20 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$8,737,31471%3,507--$2,491$21,960,9571Paramount
2The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$8,626,05971%3,92825$2,196$104,671,4762Warner Bros. / New Line
3American Hustle$6,525,0328722%2,5072501$2,603$7,638,4002Sony / Columbia
4Frozen (2013)$5,104,292132%3,540-176$1,442$177,496,3025Disney
5Saving Mr. Banks$3,087,4415979%2,1102095$1,463$3,712,9272Disney
6The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$2,504,97284%2,949-614$849$365,458,7685Lionsgate
7Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$2,428,035166%2,1940$1,107$22,198,3122Lionsgate
8Walking With Dinosaurs$2,164,499--3,231--$670$2,164,4991Fox
9Thor: The Dark World$361,84732%1,116-1148$324$199,799,9557Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Dec. 20 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dhoom 3$1,081,575--239--$4,525$1,081,5751Yash Raj Films
2Philomena$322,67625%738-97$437$12,434,2285Weinstein Company
3Inside Llewyn Davis$304,937842%148133$2,060$1,356,0873CBS Films
4The Book Thief$211,762-2%680-478$311$16,055,3517Fox
5Nebraska$149,75458%31060$483$3,955,1206Paramount Vantage
6Homefront$140,2931%675-1427$208$19,397,3484Open Road
7Delivery Man$138,5709%663-1378$209$28,931,4565Disney / DreamWorks
8The Best Man Holiday$112,32046%351-571$320$69,513,6356Universal
9Gravity$107,19229%302-201$355$253,242,97712Warner Bros.
10Dallas Buyers Club$95,9880%330-244$291$14,869,2648Focus
1112 Years a Slave$92,32824%301-196$307$36,802,55410Fox Searchlight
12Out of the Furnace$90,012-51%728-1373$124$10,691,1523Relativity Media
13Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$71,690648%313138$229$115,515,46713Sony / Columbia
14Last Vegas$68,96354%333-393$207$62,062,6448CBS Films
15Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$51,677207%278-178$186$100,708,5639Paramount
16Captain Phillips$35,61117%172-151$207$104,182,86311Sony / Columbia
17Ender's Game$29,24526%187-144$156$60,647,8218Lionsgate / Summit
18Despicable Me 2$25,61586%197-26$130$367,431,27025Universal
19Free Birds$18,89588%184-99$103$54,040,7288Relativity Media
20Escape Plan$16,63740%138-29$121$24,786,68710Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Dec. 20 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Her (2013)$72,21958%6--$12,037$176,4771Warner Bros.
2All Is Lost$13,059-39%83-180$157$5,805,08310Roadside Attractions
3About Time$11,640-12%97-46$120$15,264,9688Universal
4Black Nativity$9,385-21%63-197$149$6,941,9554Fox Searchlight
5Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$9,04924%40$2,262$272,8114Weinstein Company
6Enough Said$6,90019%42-30$164$17,391,76314Fox Searchlight
7Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$6,85952%85-38$81$68,399,95520Fox
8Lee Daniels' The Butler$4,0311%43-18$94$116,117,89419Weinstein Company
9Don Jon$3,691-29%32-60$115$24,448,12013Relativity Media
10The Family (2013)$1,391-49%29-27$48$36,898,33015Relativity Media
11Oldboy (2013)$595-72%21-130$28$2,179,6774FilmDistrict