Box Office: Brad Pitt's 'Fury' Shells $8.8M Friday

October 18, 2014 2:55 PM

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I am quite grateful that Fury, the new World War II tank-set drama starring Brad Pitt, didn’t bomb this weekend at the box office, mostly so I didn’t have to resist the urge to headline the pieces this weekend something along the lines of “Brad Pitt Tanks.” Anyway, David Ayer’s Fury is indeed a solid hit and the biggest movie of Friday (and presumably the weekend). The $68 million release from Sony, produced by QED International, LStar Capital, and Le Grisbi Productions/Crave Films, opened last night with a solid $8.8 million, including $1.2m worth of Thursday previews. As boring as it is when the new release lines right up with pre-release tracking, Fury is indeed on track to earn around $25 million for the weekend, which is about what was “predicted” going into the opening frame. Still, better to perform right within expectations than to have to explain a below-par debut. This is not a below-par debut.

The gruesome, R-rated war drama is another solid win for star Brad Pitt and this debut falls right in the upper-range of his “happy medium.” Moneyball opened to $19 million in 2011 while Burn After Reading opened with the same in 2008. In fact, Fury should be right at the “bottom” of his “big” openi...

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