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Brad Pitt's Fury tops US box office with $23.5 million opening


Story by Jack Foley

BRAD Pitt’s Second World War movie Fury has blasted its way to the top of the US box office with a £23.5 million opening weekend.

The figures mark a career best for the film’s writer and director, David Ayer, and the fourth best for a WWII movie – after Pearl Harbor ($59.1 million), Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds (which also starred Pitt and earned $38.1 million) and Saving Private Ryan ($30.6 million).

Fury finds Pitt playing a battle-hardened Army sergeant in command of a Sherman tank and her five-man crew as they attempt to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany. It also stars Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Pena and Jon Bernthal.

Sony distribution chief Rory Bruer said of the figures: “It’s really resonating with all audiences.”

While Fury proved the weekend’s big winner, holdover title Gone Girl passed the $100 million mark in the US and edged out new family entry Book of Life. The Ben Affleck thriller took $17.8 million for a US total of $107.1 million.

That meant that the Guillermo del Toro produced Book of Life had to settle for third with $17 million.

The weekend’s third new release, the romantic weepie The Best of Me, starring Michelle Monaghan and James Marsden, came fifth with $10.2 million – the lowest ever opening for a film based on a Nicholas Sparks novel. The previous low was the $12.2 million debut of A Walk To Remember in 2002.

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