LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Fury” was the champion of the weekend box-office battle, knocking two-week champ “Gone Girl” to second place.
The bloody World War II drama, which stars Brad Pitt as tank commander Wardaddy, collected $23.7 million in its opening weekend. Shia LaBeouf and Logan Lerman also star as Wardaddy’s tank mates.
Ben Affleck plays a man whose wife goes missing in “Gone Girl,” which continued to draw audiences in its third week of release. Its domestic ticket sales now top $100 million.
Two other new films landed in the top five. “The Book of Life,” animated family film awash in imagery from Day of the Dead, opened in third place with $17 million, while the Nicholas Sparks romance “The Best of Me” claimed fifth place.
The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theaters Friday through Sunday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theater locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Monday by Rentrak, are:
Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by 21st Century Fox; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC.
Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.