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, Jan. 24 - Sun, Jan. 26

Wide (1000+)

1Ride Along$21,500,000-48%2,75996$7,793$75,745,3102Universal
2Lone Survivor$12,800,000-42%3,162173$4,048$93,813,9615Universal
3The Nut Job$12,000,000-38%3,47245$3,456$39,955,2452Open Road
4Frozen (2013)$10,000,000-15%2,757-222$3,627$348,780,20510Disney
5Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$9,000,000-42%3,3870$2,657$30,368,1332Paramount
6I, Frankenstein$7,800,000--2,753--$2,833$7,800,0001Lionsgate
7American Hustle$7,300,000-26%2,304100$3,168$127,238,7537Sony / Columbia
8August: Osage County$5,500,000-25%2,411360$2,281$26,985,5015Weinstein Company
9The Wolf of Wall Street$5,450,000-23%1,804-126$3,021$98,480,4545Paramount
10Devil's Due$2,750,000-67%2,5440$1,081$12,885,9632Fox
11Her (2013)$2,500,000-38%1,325-404$1,887$19,390,4086Warner Bros.
12The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$2,350,000-37%1,285-530$1,829$252,528,9247Warner Bros. / New Line
13Saving Mr. Banks$2,300,000-41%1,660-789$1,386$79,377,3627Disney
14Dallas Buyers Club$2,200,000134%1,110691$1,982$20,528,70713Focus
1512 Years a Slave$2,150,00040%1,231470$1,747$43,678,81715Fox Searchlight
16Gravity$2,000,0007%1,260316$1,587$261,183,46917Warner Bros.

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