Furious assault on screens. World War II drama opens on top
LOS ANGELES (AP): The bloody World War II drama Fury blew past Gone Girl at cinemas over the weekend. Gone Girl was tops at the box office for two weeks before Brad Pitt and his ragtag group of tank mates in Fury blasted the film to second place.
Sony's Fury captured US$23.5 million in ticket sales during its opening weekend, according to studio estimates yesterday. Fox's Gone Girl followed with US$17.8 million.
The week's top-two films are R-rated adult dramas, followed by two PG family films.
"The fall movie season is all about making the transition from the PG-13 world of summer to the R-rated, edgier world of the fall and awards season," said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for box office tracker Rentrak.
The animated Fox feature The Book of Life opened in third place with US$17 million, followed by Disney's Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day with US$12 million.
"We're now in full adult movie-going season, and we'll see a lot more adult-skewed fare," said Fox Distribution Chief Chris Aronson, who added that the colourful Book of Life suits any audience.
Another new film rounds out the top five. It is the romance The Best of Me, starring Michelle Monaghan and James Marsden, which debuted with US$10.2 million.
Following are the estimated ticket sales for Friday through yesterday at US and Canadian cinemas, according to Rentrak. Final domestic figures will be released today.
1. Fury, US$23.5 million
2. Gone Girl, US$17.8 million
3. The Book of Life, US$17 million
4. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, US$12 million
5. The Best of Me, US$10.2 million
6. Dracula Untold, US$9.9 million
7. The Judge, US$7.94 million
8. Annabelle, US$7.92 million
9. The Equalizer, US$5.4 million
10. The Maze Runner, US$4.5 million