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.

Weekly domestic gross

YearWeekTop 10 GrossChg. LY%Total GrossChg. LY% Top movie of the week
201043 (Oct 22 - Oct 28)$148,384,18212%$165,297,0004%Paranormal Activity 2
200843 (Oct 24 - Oct 30)$138,368,65134%$164,660,00024%High School Musical 3: Senior Year
200343 (Oct 24 - Oct 30)$144,810,48136%$163,602,00018%Scary Movie 3
200943 (Oct 23 - Oct 29)$132,654,770-4%$158,629,000-4%Paranormal Activity
201143 (Oct 28 - Nov 03)$118,805,027-20%$139,483,000-16%Puss in Boots (2011)
200243 (Oct 25 - Oct 31)$106,478,206280%$138,943,00026%jackass: the movie
200643 (Oct 27 - Nov 02)$108,557,4700%$137,300,0001%Saw III
201343 (Oct 25 - Oct 31)$123,093,09522%$136,638,0008%Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa
200543 (Oct 28 - Nov 03)$108,609,746-9%$135,668,0001%Saw II
200443 (Oct 22 - Oct 28)$119,664,208-17%$133,798,000-18%The Grudge
200743 (Oct 26 - Nov 01)$103,588,975-5%$132,466,000-4%Saw IV
201243 (Oct 26 - Nov 01)$100,527,190-15%$126,627,000-9%Argo
200143 (Oct 26 - Nov 01)$28,054,503-16%$109,910,0006%K-PAX
200043 (Oct 27 - Nov 02)$33,386,544-40%$103,703,000--Meet the Parents