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Weekend Report: 'Fury' Topples 'Girl,' 'Birdman' Soars in Limited Release... >

19 October 2014 1:21 PM, PDT

Brad Pitt's Fury was able to usurp first place from Gone Girl this weekend, though it was a closer race than anticipated.Meanwhile, Birdman opened at four locations in New York and Los Angeles and scored one of the best per-theater averages ever for a live-action movie.Opening at 3,173 theaters, Fury rolled in to first place this weekend with $23.7 million. This debut is in the same general ballpark as movies like Captain Phillips ($25.7 million), Act of Valor ($24.5 million) and The Monuments Men ($22 million). That's a fine range to be in, though it's a bit disappointing considering how far off it is from recent R-rated thrillers Gone Girl ($37.5 million) and The Equalizer ($34.1 million).Sony's marketing played up Fury's intense tank-on-tank action, which made it a strong option among male moviegoers. Unfortunately, the movie never really connected with women, who wound up accounting for just 40 percent of the audience on opening weekend. »


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'Guardians' Passes 'Captain America,' 'Spider-Man' Sequels

19 October 2014 12:01 PM, PDT

Guardians of the Galaxy was back on top of the international box office this weekend; the movie added $23.1 million for a new total of $405 million. Most of that came from China, where Guardians eased 28 percent to $22.3 million. Reports that bad subtitles were causing poor word-of-mouth seem to be unfounded. To date, Guardians has earned $69 million in China, and has a legitimate shot at ultimately reaching $100 million.The 10th movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has now grossed $733 million worldwide, which is ahead of Captain America: The Winter Soldier and The Amazing Spider-Man 2. With Italy on the way next weekend, Guardians of the Galaxy is guaranteed to ultimately move up to second place for the year ahead of Maleficent ($757 million).Dracula Untold continued to do solid business overseas. Playing in 55 markets, the movie added $22.5 million for a new total of $95.7 million. In its second frame in Russia, it added $4.4 million for a total of $16.7 million. »


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Friday Report: 'Fury' Rolls in to First Place on Friday

18 October 2014 9:05 AM, PDT

On a somewhat quiet day at the box office, Brad Pitt's Fury easily took first place with $8.8 million.That debut is a bit higher than last October's Captain Phillips ($8.5 million), and also noticeably better than The Monuments Men ($6.9 million). Still, it's way off from recent R-rated hits The Equalizer ($12.5 million) and Gone Girl ($13.2 million). For the weekend, Fury is on track to earn $24 to $27 million.Entering its third weekend, Gone Girl eased 32 percent to an estimated $5.55 million. To date, the movie has earned $94.8 million, and will pass $100 million sometime today. For the weekend, Gone Girl will likely earn over $18 million.The Book of Life opened in third place with $4.95 million. That's identical to The Boxtrolls ($4.93 million), and is a bit higher than Reel FX's first feature-length movie (last November's Free Birds, which opened to $3.9 million). For the weekend, The Book of Life should end up between $17 and $18 million.Playing at 2,936 theaters, »


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Forecast: 'Fury' to Invade Top Spot This Weekend

16 October 2014 5:48 PM, PDT

World War II tank movie Fury will almost certainly take the top spot away from two-time winner Gone Girl this weekend. Meanwhile, The Book of Life and The Best of Me are also opening nationwide.Playing at 3,173 theaters, Fury stars Brad Pitt as the leader of an American tank crew making their way through Germany as the second World War draws to a close.With the exception of 2012's Killing Them Softly*which was an odd, dark crime drama*Pitt has been on a strong run lately as a leading man. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Inglourious Basterds and World War Z all earned over $120 million at the domestic box office, while Moneyball was one of the highest-grossing baseball movies ever with $75.6 million.World War II movies have a mixed track record, though the last few installments have done fairly well. Outside of Pitt's Basterds, the best comparison for »


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Forecast (cont.): 'The Best of Me,' 'Men, Women & Children,' 'Birdman'

16 October 2014 3:55 PM, PDT

<< Continued from "Weekend Forecast"Opening at 2,936 theaters, The Best of Me is the ninth Nicholas Sparks adaptation to hit the big screen. Sparks adaptations have been fairly consistent*the last four movies opened between $16 million and $30.5 million. However, the highest-grossing entry remains 2004's The Notebook, which ended its run with just north of $81 million.The Best of Me seems to fit nicely in to the Sparks playbook. It's a romance (of course), and posters feature essentially the same image (two lovers touching faces) as virtually every other Sparks movie poster.There's reason to believe that The Best of Me may fall a bit short of the standard Sparks range, though. James Marsden and Michelle Monaghan are respected actors, but don't necessarily fit in to the genre as naturally as Josh Duhamel and Julianne Hough (of last year's Safe Haven). Also, the movie's split timeline has been hard to pin down »


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