Weekend Box Office: Furious FURY Blasts GONE GIRL

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The tank-set World War II drama Fury, starring Brad Pitt, topped the box office this weekend, and held off David Fincher’s Gone Girl with a solid $23.5 million.

The film had an okay but not spectacular Friday with an $8.8 million, while two other newcomers landed in the top five: The Book of Life–the animated love story rooted in the Mexican Day of the Dead festivities–is sitting above ground at third place with about $17 million and Nicholas Sparks romance The Best of Me took the fifth spot with only $10 million and change from 2,936 theaters.

It’s anyone’s guess how much Brad Pitt’s gritty WWII drama will perform around the world, but it should certainly draw some attention overseas.The biggest hit of David Ayer’s directorial career received an A- CinemaScore grade based on audiences’ ratings, with 80 percent recommending this fresh take on the genre in reviews collected on the Rotten Tomatoes website.

The big.screen adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s best-selling mystery  Gone Girl only dropped 33 percent to fall one spot and come in at number two with a very solid $17.8 million and its total now stands at $107.1 million.

The Disney live action comedy Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day dipped a mere 35 percent to $12 million, enough to capture fourth place.

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The critically-acclaimed Birdman opened in four theaters in New York and Los Angeles to a $415,000 debut, with a whopping $103,750 per screen average—the second best of the year behind Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel. Justin Simien’s race-based satire Dear White People also performed well, bringing in $338,000 from eleven locations for a fine $30,702 per-screen average.

In Marvel news, Guardians of the Galaxy’s has now earned $733 million worldwide, passing Cap 2 to become the 3rd highest-grossing Marvel film from Disney behind Avengers and Iron Man 3.

Next week sees the release of the Keanu Reeves action-thriller John Wick, as well as the latest boardgame adaptation Ouija, starring Olivia Cooke. Opening in limited release is the Keira Knightley/Chloe Moretz/Sam Rockwell comedy drama Laggies and the Edward Snowden doc Citizenfour.