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.

Early Weekend Estimates (Domestic) Fri, May. 17 - Sun, May. 19

Wide (1000+)

1Star Trek Into Darkness$68,000,000--3,868--$17,580$81,536,4221Paramount
2Iron Man 3$36,000,000-50%4,237-16$8,497$337,891,8833Disney
3The Great Gatsby (2013)$23,000,000-54%3,55015$6,479$89,743,6042Warner Bros.
4Pain and Gain$3,000,000-40%2,429-874$1,235$46,474,4944Paramount
542 (2013)$2,750,000-40%2,380-550$1,155$88,754,5126Warner Bros.
6The Croods$2,600,000-28%2,373-277$1,096$176,600,1839Fox / DreamWorks Animation
7Oblivion (2013)$2,300,000-44%2,077-693$1,107$85,550,9605Universal
8Tyler Perry Presents Peeples$2,250,000-51%2,0410$1,102$7,957,7772Lionsgate
9The Big Wedding$1,150,000-54%1,443-855$797$20,247,9844Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

1Mud$2,200,000-13%960108$2,292$11,627,4254Roadside Attractions

Platform (1 — 99)

No records.