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The film’s stars -- Brad Pitt, Shia Labeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Pena, Jon Bernthal, Jason Isaacs and Ayers – walked the red carpet in Leicester Square but skipped out on the after-party at a nearby club in Bloomsbury. Before the film began, BFI CEO Amanda Nevill and Lff artistic director Clare Stewart appeared on stage to introduce the “Fury” gang and declare the latest edition of the festival a resounding success, citing the fact that attendance figures reached their highest mark ever: 163,300, an increase of 7.5% from 2013. Stewart, in particular, has reason to feel proud of this year’s festival. She set about revamping the Lff when she joined in 2012 from the Sydney Film Festival, shortening the length from an unwieldy 16 to 12 days; widening the reach to new venues across London; introducing competition strands; and dividing the program into themed categories, including Love, Dare, Thrill, Laugh and Cult. Now that her »
- Matt Mueller
Brad Pitt's "Fury" war movie took first place at the domestic box office this weekend with $24 million, which is one of the best openings of all time for a World War II film behind "Pearl Harbor" ($59 million), "Inglourious Basterds" ($38 million) and "Saving Private Ryan ($31 million). It's also the highest opening of director David Ayer's career. The new movie, co-starring Shia Labeouf and Logan Lerman, cost $68 million to make and has an 81% fresh rating on RottenTomatoes. Thanks to positive reviews, it's expected that "Fury" will have a strong showing overseas, where it begins to roll out next weekend. The animated "Book of Life" movie, voiced by Channing Tatum and Zoe Salanda, ended up in third place with $17 million, which puts it on track to barely earn back its $50 million budget. Internationally, "Book of Life" took another $8.6 million for a worldwide debut of $25.6 million. It has a 79% fresh rating. The »
As projected, Sony’s WWII drama “Fury” won the box-office weekend thanks to solid reviews (not from us though) and of course the presence of Brad Pitt and, to a lesser extent, Shia Labeouf doing the mea culpa rounds on the talk shows, talking about his 2014 arrest and all his crazy antics on the set of David Ayer’s WWII movie. But projections were far off ($30 million and up) and “Fury” could only rake up $23 million in its opening weekend. It’s a good figure for a 2014 drama released in October, but for Brad Pitt, it’s not even in the top 10 of his best openings. International numbers have not yet hit for “Fury.” Continuing its remarkable hold was 20th Century Fox’s “Gone Girl” which fell to the number two slot, but only with a incredibly low 32.6% drop from its previous weekend. David Fincher's pulpy, skewering satire crossed »
- Rodrigo Perez
There have been plenty of World War II movies, but nothing like what we’re seeing in Brad Pitt’s new movie Fury. Directed by David Ayer (End of Watch, Sabotage), the tank warfare action scenes are super cool, but most importantly the action doesn’t overshadow the characters with excellent acting from Brad Pitt, Michael Peña, Shia Labeouf, Logan Lerman and Jon Bernthal. Best thing of all is seeing a Latino actor in the mix which we’ve rarely seen as the lead in any war movie.
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David Ayers' "Fury" hit theaters hard this weekend and the World War II era drama easily took down two-time champ "Gone Girl" with $23.5 million. Starring Brad Pitt, Shia Labeouf and Logan Lerman, among others, "Fury" is reported to have cost $68 million. This writer has heard it actually cost over $100 million, but we'll go with the studio's number at this point. The one thing everyone can agree on, however, is that "Fury" was fully financed by Qed International and it will need significant international returns to break even. Considering Pitt's overseas star power that may not be a concern. "Fury" also marks Sony Pictures third no. 1 opener in a row after Screen Gems' surprise hit "No Good Deed" and Columbia Pictures' "The Equalizer." David Fincher's "Gone Girl" dropped to no. 2, but New Regency and 20th Century Fox are still smiling. "Girl" surpassed the $100 million mark in just »
- Gregory Ellwood
Fury flattened all other movies in wide release and is projected to take in around $23 million in its debut weekend in theaters. The Brad Pitt-starring World War II action-drama, set largely within the cramped confines of an M4 Sherman tank rolling across Nazi Germany, comes in at the lower end of pre-release audience tracking expectations. But it caps off a recent run of cinematic success for Pitt (a producer of the multiple Oscar-winning 12 Years a Slave and star of last year’s sci-fi disaster hit World War Z). Fury also features Michael Peña, Shia Labeouf, Jon Bernthal, and Logan Lerman »
- Chris Lee
David Ayer‘s “Fury” is a big war movie set in a tiny little space. The tale of a World War II tank crew led by Brad Pitt also includes Shia Labeouf, Michael Pena, Logan Lerman and Jon Bernthal. The brutal combat film deals with themes familiar from Ayer's last movie, “End of Watch,” or his script for “Training Day”: tensions between men in tough, violent jobs. In preparation for “End of Watch,” Ayer stuck Pena and Jake Gyllenhaal in a car together for months of Lapd ridealongs. With a bigger cast and less time for “Fury,” the director settled for a shorter. »
- Steve Pond
3rd Update, Sunday, 8:17 Am: Fury won both the battle and the war this box office weekend while newcomers The Book of Life is sitting above ground at No. 3 with about $16.6M to $17M and The Best of Me got bested by four other films to take the fifth spot with only $10M and change. More interesting this weekend is the specialty box office where several really quality pictures found their audiences such as Birdman which flew in with a whopping $103K per screen average for Fox Searchlight and New Regency (on a roll lately as they also have the No. 2 Gone Girl which just passed $100M). It marks the second highest per screen average of the year behind another fav, Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest Hotel ($202K), also from Fsl. Writer/director Ted Melfi’s St. Vincent which is in limited release, can also boast a strong $10K for »
- Anita Busch
Despite surrendering first place after two weeks wearing the crown, “Gone Girl” showed some impressive stamina. David Fincher’s adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s best-selling mystery dropped just 32% to $17.8 million. Its total now stands at $107.1 million and is striking distance of surpassing “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” ($127.5 million) as Fincher’s highest-grossing domestic release. Water cooler effect achieved.
“It’s one of those movies that it’s so provocative that if you haven’t seen it yet, you have to in order to be part of the conversation,” said Chris Aronson, distribution chief at 20th Century Fox, the studio behind “Gone Girl.” “It’s as simple as that.”
In a sign that adults are returning to theaters after sitting out the summer popcorn season, »
- Brent Lang
The third weekend of October slowed down slightly with the Brad Pitt WWII movie Fury, directed by David Ayer (End of Watch) and co-starring Logan Lerman, Shia Labeouf, Jon Bernthal and Michael Peña, opening on Thursday night in 3173 theaters. After grossing $8.8 million on Friday (including Thursday previews), it took in an estimated $23.5 million for the weekend. David Fincher's Gone Girl (20th Century Fox), starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike, dropped to second place but held up well with $17.8 million as it crossed the $100 million mark. »
Join the fiesty discussion going on right now in our infamous message boards where Hollywood stars, directors, execs and other honchos hide behind cyber-nicknames. Sample comments below with links to those hot threads. See more here. -Break- "Fury" opening weekend reviews and reactions Tye-Grr: Saw "Fury" tonight with my brother. Strong war film, and at times a very intriguing character study. Brad Pitt does very strong work as Wardaddy, and he holds the film together. Logan Lerman is the heart of the film as the newest recruit, and he does some very fine work. Jon Bernthal goes all in as the most mentally distraught member, and Michael Peña does solid work as the most underwritten character. The one who steals the film for me though is Shia Labeouf, and he gets the most mysterious and possibly the most complex character. Brian_Tooley: I just saw this and it is my »
Brad Pitt’s World War II tank thriller Fury blew away the competition in its Friday debut, racking up $8.8 million at the box office and handily ending Gone Girl’s two-week run as the No. 1 movie in the country. The animated kids’ flick The Book of Life, meanwhile, showed a strong pulse in its first day in wide release, tallying $4.9 million. And the adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ romantic tearjerker The Best of Me opened to a lackluster $4.1 million Friday, on track to come up short of pre-release expectations for its opening weekend. Fury rolls into multiplexes with an A- Cinemascore »
- Chris Lee
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have the kids approval - their kids ''like'' the fact they are married. The couple tied the knot in August on the urging of their children Maddox, 13, Pax, 10, Zahara, nine, Shiloh, eight, and six-year-old twins Vivienne and Knox and their famous father says the brood are thrilled the union is now official. Asked how the children are enjoying their parents being married, Brad smiled and told People magazine: ''They like it. They like it.'' To prepare for his new movie 'Fury', Brad and his army tank co-stars, including Shia Labeouf, Michael Pena and Logan Lerman went put through bootcamp by Navy Seals and part of the tough training involved being sleep-deprived. Each of the stars had to stay awake on watch each night and it fell to the youngest member of the crew, 22-year-old Logan, to wake Brad, 50, each night and he »
Hell hath no fury like Brad Pitt in a tank. The actor's WWII drama "Fury" declared war on the competition at the box office on Friday, rolling its way to an $8.8 million victory. The film, which also stars Logan Lerman, Michael Pena, Jon Berthnal and Shia Labeouf, will likely earn around $25 million for the weekend. In second place, David Fincher's "Gone Girl" remains a big draw, pulling in another $5.5 million in its third Friday. So far, the drama has earned a big $94.8 million domestically and should be crossing the $100 mark at some point today or tomorrow. The animated newcomer "Book of Life" placed third on Friday with $4.9 million, but could easily pass "Gone Girl" for the pole position spot by Sunday, as families hit the multiplex. Both titles are likely to earn around $18 million for the weekend. Fellow rookie "The Best of Me," another Nicholas Sparks adaptation, debuted to $4.1 million, »
- Dave Lewis
“Fury” opened to No. 1 at the U.S. box office on Friday — ahead of two-time champ “Gone Girl” and newcomer “The Book of Life” — with $8.8 million. This includes $1.2 million from Thursday night showings. The tank tale looks to haul $25 million in its debut weekend.
Pitt stars as an army sergeant who commands a Sherman tank and a five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines in Germany during the end of WWII. This is a record opening for director David Ayer, who wrote and directed 2012’s “End of Watch” and scripted “Training Day.” The movie also stars Shia Labeouf, Logan Lerman and Michael Peña.
Aside from Pitt’s star power, the $68 million production — backed by Columbia Pictures in association with Qed Intl. and LStar Capital — has the critics on its side, earning 80% on Rotten Tomatoes.
- Maane Khatchatourian
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If there’s one sexy offspring of a famous actor turned prolific director, it’s Scott Eastwood, son of Clint Eastwood. The budding actor first sparked a frenzy when he was photographed shirtless for Town & Country magazine in September of last year. Since then, everyone’s been paying attention to Eastwood’s sculpted abs and pecs as he started making more media appearances, picking up new movie roles, and enjoying life in the sun on Instagram.
This weekend, Eastwood is appearing in his most high profile film to date. Opening in theaters is the military drama, Fury, co-starring Brad Pitt and Shia Labeouf. Eastwood is rounding out the trio of hunkiness with his square jaw and disarming grin.
- Stacy Lambe
David Ayer's World War II actioner "Fury" with Brad Pitt, Logan Lerman and Shia Labeouf has arrived in theaters nationwide. The film enters the awards season without bothering with a festival bow (aside from this weekend's post-release closing night London Film Festival slot). It might be an Oscar contender at the end of the day, it might not, but surely Sony is mostly concerned with finding some box office capital before worrying too much about that. I liked the film quite a bit. It's a sort of shaggy dog, but it's a bold entry in the genre and I really took to the story of a family of dudes stuck together in a tank. It has some interesting ideas (the opening scene is a great intro, and an often-discussed breakfast scene is pretty outstanding), and it doesn't shy away from violent depictions. The latter might make or break it with audiences, »
- Kristopher Tapley
Chicago – “Fury” just might be Brad Pitt’s “Saving Private Ryan.” At its heart it’s a crowd pleaser, but it never shies away from the sheer brutality of war. While it doesn’t have anything quite so devastating as “Saving Private Ryan’s” D-day sequence, it depicts the everyday horrors of killing the enemy and the men who must force themselves to make their peace with the casualties that pile up in the muck. “Fury” is equally successful in its battle sequences and in its smaller moments among its crew inside the tank. Most surprisingly of all it coaxes a decent, dare I say good, performance out of none other than Shia Labeouf – wonders never cease.
Pitt stars as Sergeant Don “Wardaddy” Collier, and leads his band of soldiers in an old warhorse tank named “Fury” as it plows through Germany in the waning days of World War II. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
The “‘Fury’ Tanks” headlines have been put on ice.
Audiences responded to a straight-ahead marketing campaign which emphasized Pitt starring as the leader of an American tank crew in Germany near the end of World War II. “Fury” is the name of the crew’s tank.
- Dave McNary
No surprise, Oscar-winner Brad Pitt became the leader of the tank pack during filming of David Ayer‘s World War II drama. “We all wanted love,” said Pitt's co-star Shia Labeouf, “He was parenting everyone. He was the father of the tank.” The cast and director of “Fury” sat down with ABC's David Muir for a new interview airing Friday on ABC's “World News Tonight” and revealed the chain of command that formed while filming the project. See photos: Toronto Party Report in Pictures: Keira Knightley, Adam Driver, Martin Scorsese and a Studio Chief in Hockey Gear “Fury” tells »
- Ryan O'Connell
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