If the weekend box office proved anything, it's that Brad Pitt's still got it. The Pitt-led World War II action-drama “Fury,” also starring Michael Pena, Shia LaBeouf, Jon Bernthal and Logan Lerman as an army crew fighting Nazis, is projected to bring in $23.5 million in its first weekend in wide release, reports Entertainment Weekly.
David Fincher’s “Gone Girl,” starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike, moved to the second spot after three weeks in theaters, and is projected to take in $18 million, surpassing $100 million in domestic earnings.
"The Book of Life," the animated fantasy produced by "Pan's Labyrinth" director Guillermo Del Toro, got the third spot at the box office, and is projected to bring in $17 million its first weekend.
“The Best of Me,” based on Nicholas Sparks’ 2011 romantic novel and starring James Marsden and Michelle Monaghan, ended up at the bottom of the movie heap, earning $10 million its opening weekend. In what seems to be a representative review of the romantic film, James Rocchi of The Wrap wrote, "The bad news is that no matter how charming or fizzy the chemistry between the actors might be, they're still trapped in the dead, fake melodrama and brainless coincidences of a Nicholas Sparks story." Ouch.
Alejandro G. Inarritu’s "Birdman," starring Michael Keaton as a has-been superhero movie star who tries to reinvent himself as a serious Broadway actor, debuted in only four theaters but managed to take in $415,000.
Writer-director Jason Reitman’s "Men, Women and Children," now in wide release, pulled in only $300,000 after hitting 608 theaters this weekend, in spite of its all-star cast, which includes Adam Sandler and Jennifer Garner. The drama about the way the digital era is alienating people from each other, which New York Times critic A.O. Scott called "glum and thoughtful," was panned by Andrew O'Hehir of Salon, who wrote that the film is a "giant concern troll" and that watching it "feels like an ABC After-School Special teleported into the 21st century."