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. 31 - Sun, Feb. 2

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1Ride Along$12,000,000-44%2,867108$4,186$92,662,7503Universal
2That Awkward Moment$10,000,000--2,809--$3,560$10,000,0001Focus
3Frozen (2013)$9,500,0004%2,754-3$3,450$360,202,32911Disney
4The Nut Job$8,000,000-34%3,4720$2,304$50,632,9953Open Road
5Lone Survivor$7,000,000-46%3,285123$2,131$104,693,5566Universal
6Labor Day (2013)$5,500,000--2,584--$2,128$5,500,0001Paramount
7Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$5,450,000-40%2,907-480$1,875$39,017,9703Paramount
8American Hustle$4,200,000-41%2,216-88$1,895$133,521,1798Sony / Columbia
9The Wolf of Wall Street$3,500,000-36%1,607-197$2,178$104,026,7616Paramount
10I, Frankenstein$3,300,000-62%2,7530$1,199$14,270,0702Lionsgate
11August: Osage County$2,900,000-42%2,319-92$1,251$31,528,1466Weinstein Company

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