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World War II drama blows through the competition this weekend as "Fury" earns the #1 spot with a debut of 23.5 million. Just slightly above expectations but given the price tag on this film, needs to do much more. Holding ground at #2 is "Gone Girl" earning an extra 17.8 mil as it surpasses the 100 mil cume mark and continues to build. This film should cap out just north of 150+ mil. New at #3 is "The Book of Life" with a decent 17 mil and about expectations for this style of film during this time of year. Slight drop to #4 is "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" with another 12 mil. Rounding off the top 5 is "The Best of Me" with 10.2 mil to open and on the low end of expectations but still good for this film.

Notable films this week ... At the #18 spot with being on 4 locations across the country is "Birdman" earning a very strong 420,000 which gives it a screen average of 103k! That is both huge in the independent and mainstream market. Word-of-mouth is tremendous on this film and look for it to go wide with solid numbers not to mention great award buzz as we approach award season.

New movies next week:
Just a couple of films this coming week as "John Wick" opens to about 2500 screens and could be a good action film but probably will only hit mid teens. Next up, based on the popular board game from the 1960's and '70's!! "Ouija" opens up to about 2700 screens and though it is the right season for it, don't know what will happen. Expectations are around mid to high teens ... all signs point to YES? I wonder if they used the board to predict the box office.

*numbers sourced by Box Office Analyst

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