Box office update: ‘Fury’ takes in nearly $9 million Friday

October 18, 2014 5:22 PM

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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 and stands as director David Ayer’s (End of Watch, Sabotage) strongest opening to date. The film features Pitt as Sgt. Don “Wardaddy” Collier, a world-weary tank commander leading his crew (Shia LaBeouf, Jon Bernthal, Logan Lerman, and Michael Peña)...

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