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, Dec. 7 - Sun, Dec. 9

Wide (1000+)

1Skyfall$11,000,000-34%3,401-62$3,234$261,620,0805Sony / Columbia
2Rise of The Guardians$10,540,000-21%3,639-33$2,896$61,913,5743Paramount / DreamWorks
3The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$9,200,000-47%3,646-362$2,523$268,734,7644Lionsgate / Summit
4Lincoln$9,115,000-32%2,014-4$4,526$97,335,6345Disney / DreamWorks
5Life of Pi$8,300,000-32%2,94618$2,817$60,917,5293Fox
6Playing For Keeps (2012)$6,000,000--2,837--$2,115$6,000,0001FilmDistrict
7Wreck-It Ralph$4,904,000-29%2,746-341$1,786$164,447,5666Disney
8Red Dawn (2012)$4,261,000-34%2,754-27$1,547$37,265,8153FilmDistrict
10Killing Them Softly$2,748,000-60%2,4240$1,134$11,771,7372Weinstein Company
11The Collection$1,502,804-52%1,4030$1,071$5,470,4772LD Entertainment
12End of Watch$733,0003127%1,2491225$587$39,971,14312Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

1Silver Linings Playbook$2,238,000-28%3710$6,032$14,030,7404Weinstein Company
2Anna Karenina (2012)$1,537,911-32%42238$3,644$6,596,0944Focus
3Argo$1,470,000-27%944-99$1,557$103,147,6699Warner Bros.
4Hitchcock$725,00077%183133$3,962$1,674,1263Fox Searchlight
5Talaash$449,195-73%161-13$2,790$2,399,5552Reliance Entertainment
6Taken 2$375,000-20%430-66$872$137,688,07710Fox
7Pitch Perfect$310,000-20%387-16$801$63,521,64311Universal
8The Sessions$222,000-33%197-29$1,127$4,951,3698Fox Searchlight
9The Perks of Being A Wallflower$136,000-36%175-14$777$16,855,89512Lionsgate / Summit
10Alex Cross$113,000117%214100$528$25,616,3328Lionsgate / Summit
11The Man With the Iron Fists$81,000-21%1817$448$15,517,0856Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

1Chasing Ice$97,101--56--$1,734$497,4805Submarine Deluxe
2Hyde Park on Hudson$83,280--4--$20,820$83,2801Focus
4Rust and Bone$54,834122%42$13,709$131,3193Sony Pictures Classics
6Holy Motors$37,8868%294$1,306$391,6928Indomina Releasing
7Sinister$37,500-8%77-11$487$47,824,7909Lionsgate / Summit
8Searching For Sugar Man$37,355-20%42-11$889$2,894,44920Sony Pictures Classics
9Fun Size$28,000-42%80-36$350$9,401,7357Paramount
10Hecho en Mexico$25,000-67%2614$962$118,4712Lionsgate / Pantelion
11Waiting for Lightning$22,000--11--$2,000$22,0001IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
12Paranormal Activity 4$17,000-35%48-22$354$53,744,5108Paramount
13Beware of Mr. Baker$10,282-16%10$10,282$36,2812SnagFilms
15In Our Nature$4,378--1--$4,378$4,3781Cinedigm
17Love, Marilyn$2,506--1--$2,506$7,1852Submarine Deluxe
18Only the Young$2,000--1--$2,000$2,0001Oscilloscope
19The Imposter$1,209-43%20$605$901,95422Indomina Releasing