Weekend box office: Fury takes the top spot

Although he’s one of the few remaining worldwide superstars, Brad Pitt has traditionally struggled to open a movie, at least compared to some of his peers.  But with the marketing blitz and early Oscar buzz surrounding FURY (click the link to read our review), the film manged to open well enough to claim the top spot at the weekend box office.  Critics seem to have been divided on the film, so I’m not sure FURY will have strong legs in the weeks to come.  The other new movie of the weekend was THE BOOK OF LIFE and I’m a little surprised by how well it did considering I had gone a long time without seeing a single advertisement for the film.  That is until last Wednesday, when I saw it advertised on the side of a bus.  It seems strange, but apparently bus advertisements work.  The animated film finished in third place, behind last week’s #1 film, GONE GIRL.  Finally, we had the latest Nicholas Sparks adaptation, THE BEST OF ME open up this weekend.  The sappy drama finished in fifth place, providing some nice counter-marketing to the testosterone filled FURY.

Next week sees the release of the much buzzed about JOHN WICK, featuring Keanu Reeves as a hitman hell bent on revenge.  The movie had gone completely under the radar, but ever since the first trailer, it has generated a lot of positive buzz.  People seem to like an angry Keanu.  The horror film OUIJA also opens up next week and although I generally don’t bet against horror films with zero competition, my gut tells me JOHN WICK will take the top spot next weekend.  Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.

1. Fury $24.8m

2. Gone Girl $18.2m

3. The Book of Life $17.9m

4. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day $13m

5. The Best of Me $10.6m

6. Dracula Untold $9m

7. The Judge $8m

8. Annabelle $7.6m

9. The Equalizer $5.3m

10. The Maze Runner $4.4m

(Deadline)

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