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.

Studio Weekend Estimates (Domestic) Fri, Jan. 13 - Sun, Jan. 15

Wide (1000+)

2Beauty and the Beast 3D$18,490,000--2,625--$7,044$18,490,0001Disney
3Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$11,500,000-42%3,346-209$3,437$186,746,7895Paramount
4Joyful Noise$11,345,000--2,735--$4,148$11,345,0001Warner Bros.
5Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$8,410,000-39%3,155-448$2,666$170,009,6445Warner Bros.
6The Devil Inside$7,900,000-77%2,551266$3,097$46,246,8472Paramount
7The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$6,800,000-40%2,674-276$2,543$87,980,8494Sony / Columbia
8Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$5,800,000-39%2,849-576$2,036$118,781,2885Fox
9War Horse$5,607,000-35%2,85673$1,963$65,778,9634Disney / DreamWorks
10We Bought a Zoo$5,200,000-37%2,909-261$1,788$63,688,5344Fox
11The Adventures of Tintin$4,000,000-41%2,073-933$1,930$67,705,2064Paramount
12New Year's Eve$1,050,000-66%1,092-772$962$53,704,1276Warner Bros. / New Line
13The Darkest Hour$1,024,000-67%1,182-981$866$20,473,1744Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

1The Iron Lady$5,386,0002954%802797$6,716$5,973,6213Weinstein Company
2Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$3,160,945-42%88677$3,568$15,103,4856Focus
3The Descendants$2,035,000-21%660-77$3,083$47,039,1969Fox Searchlight
4The Artist$1,167,0004%21644$5,403$8,763,7798Weinstein Company
6Carnage (2011)$785,590618%494479$1,590$1,372,0555Sony Pictures Classics
7The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$779,000-47%708-350$1,100$279,648,6859Lionsgate / Summit
8A Dangerous Method$569,995104%10440$5,481$2,757,1878Sony Pictures Classics
9The Muppets$539,000-60%547-689$985$86,374,5288Disney
10The Sitter$455,000-61%449-309$1,013$29,592,2336Fox
11My Week with Marilyn$453,000-45%400-184$1,133$11,326,7108Weinstein Company
12Young Adult$425,000-67%387-443$1,098$15,700,8276Paramount
13Puss in Boots (2011)$400,000-32%316-35$1,266$147,137,12712Paramount / DreamWorks

Platform (1 — 99)

1Shame$142,800-32%41-4$3,483$2,625,2237Fox Searchlight
2Pina$108,00030%63$18,000$540,1934IFC Films
3Pariah (2011)$98,631-10%2413$4,110$371,0003Focus
4Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$88,000-11%60$14,667$632,5164Warner Bros.
5A Separation$80,026-14%60$13,338$322,0493Sony Pictures Classics
6We Need to Talk About Kevin$44,000--2--$22,000$83,2976Oscilloscope
7In the Land of Blood and Honey$39,98524%1811$2,221$145,6284FilmDistrict
8Sing Your Song$12,301--2--$6,151$12,3011S2BN Films