The World War II epic film, Fury (Sony, R), starring Brad Pitt, is likely to storm its way into the number one spot at the box office this weekend, taking it over from Gone Girl, which has held the position for two weekends straight so far. The movie is about a tank team during WWII that finds itself behind enemy lines in Nazi Germany and must fight for its freedom.
Analysts predict that this Brad Pitt vehicle will only pull in $25 million, though that should be enough to take over as the number one movie in the U.S. this coming weekend. Fandango has stated that Fury leads in advance ticket sales for movies this weekend. The movie will open at 3,155 theaters on Friday, October 17, 2014, though some theaters will start showing it tonight. If Deadline.com is right and “Red State males” go to the movie theaters in droves over the weekend to see Fury, the flick could possibly have ticket sales in excess of $30 million its debut weekend.
Sony reportedly spent over $50 million on acquiring the movie and the war movie had a budget of $68 million. Sony financed the film 100 percent with its own money. Toss into the estimated cost of producing Fury the movie’s marketing and distribution costs and the estimated overall cost to produce the film and get it into theater and promote it was $150 million. Though Brad Pitt usually generates box office dollars, if Fury only makes $25 million it debut weekend, even his drawing power might make it difficult for Fury to re-coop its costs.
The other two movies which will be debuting this weekend at the box office will be the computer-animated movie Book of Life (Fox) and Best of Me, which was adapted by author Nicholas Sparks. However, it is not expected that either one of them will give Fury a run for its money. Most analysts are predicting that Book of Life will probably earn around $15 million its opening weekend, while Best o Me is expected to come in with somewhat less earnings, at about $12 to $14 million.
The Ben Affleck mystery/thriller, Gone Girl (New Regency/Fox), has grossed almost $85 million domestically so far. It is close to having earned $150 million globally. David Ayer, who wrote and directed Sabotage and End of Watch, also helmed Fury.
In Fury, Brad Pitt plays the lead role of tank commander Don “Wardaddy” Collier. The two Sherman tanks he leads behind enemy lines are manned by an impressive list of stars in their own right, Michael Pena, Scott Eastwood, Shia LeBeouf, Jason Isaacs, John Bernthal, and Logan Lehrman
Perhaps the biggest contemporary release for a WWII film was that of Quentin Tarantino’s excellent movie, Inglourious Basterds, which also starred Brad Pit. It earned $38 million its debut weekend and was one of 2009’s top-grossing R-rated movies.
While Fury, starring Brad Pitt, is expected to take over the number one box office spot this week with a domestic gross of approximately $25 million, might unseat Gone Girl, it still has a long way to go just to break even. Still, Fury shows a lot of promise and Brad Pitt is one of the biggest draws at the box office, so a huge opening weekend for this Sony movie is definitely not out of the question.
Written By Douglas Cobb