Box Office: Brad Pitt's 'Fury' Tops With $23.5M Weekend, 'Birdman' Nabs $415K

October 19, 2014 2:54 PM

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In arguably another win for star-drive, adult-skewing, R-rated multiplex entertainments, Fury, the new World War II tank-set drama starring Brad Pitt, topped the box office this weekend with $23.5 million. The $68 million release from Sony, produced by QED International, LStar Capital, and Le Grisbi Productions/Crave Films, had opened its weekend with an $8.8m Friday, meaning that the film had an okay but not spectacular 2.67x weekend multiplier. None the less, the official pre-release tracking suggested over/under $25m and that’s pretty much what the film delivered. As boring as it is when the new release lines right up with pre-release tracking, Fury basically did what everyone said it would do over the last couple weeks. 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. Fury is right in the middle of Brad Pitt’s post-stardom (sorry C...

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