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FURY started its run at the top of the chart. The WWII action film pulled in $23.5 mil against a $68 mil budget. FURY was followed by GONE GIRL and THE BOOK OF LIFE. 

~Matt Reed

FURY started its run at the top of the chart. The WWII action film pulled in $23.5 mil against a $68 mil budget. It’s Brad Pitt’s best opening since WORLD WAR Z earned $66.4 mil June of 2013. Considering it’s got a strong 80% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes and positive word of mouth from the audience, FURY should do well in the coming weeks although I think it’s a long shot to reach $100 mil.

GONE GIRL continues its successful run. Easing a slim 32% week-to-week, the David Fincher suspense film has now earned $107 mil and is certain to be the highest grossing film in his 22-year feature film career.

The animated film THE BOOK OF LIFE opened in third place with a so-so $17 mil. Against a $50 mil budget, it’s not DOA but it’s also not impressive either. The last animated film from FOX, RIO 2, opened with $39.3 mil in April of this year. THE BOXTROLLS may be more indicative of what to expect. Opening four weeks ago with $17.2 mil, BOXTROLLS has earned $46 mil to date. LIFE has a limited window before BIG HERO 6 presumably storms the box office in three weeks.

THE BEST OF ME bowed with an unremarkable $10.2 mil. Costing a slim $26 mil to produce, ME isn’t a bomb but should fade into obscurity rather quickly.

As I mentioned last week, horror films are notoriously frontloaded and more often than not plummet precipitously in the weeks after their release. Neither DRACULA UNTOLD nor ANNABELLE bucks that trend. The difference between the two is budget. The latter cost a measly $6.5 mil while the former a rather large $70 mil. Both are hits in different ways however. UNTOLD is doing fantastic on the international front having grossed nearly $100 mil there while ANNABELLE has reinforced the CONJURING franchise which sees THE CONJURING 2 opening in a year.

Short Takes: ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY lost just 34% of its opening weekend audience and has now exceeded its budget by nearly $10 mil. BIRDMAN, the critically well-received film starring Michael Keaton, opened on four screens and earned a phenomenal $103,750 per screen.

Up Next: Keanu Reeves latest action film JOHN WICK, the Michael Bay produced horror film OUIJI and, in limited release, the sports drama 23 BLAST.

Here, as always, are the weekend domestic estimates courtesy of our friends at boxofficemojo.com:

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