#EVENTS: MILITARY PERSONNEL + VETERANS SEE “FURY” FREE ON REMEMBRANCE DAY
In commemoration of Veterans Day and Remembrance Day here in Canada tomorrow, Sony Pictures will be inviting military personnel and veterans to see critically and commercially-successful World War II Drama, FURY. To be granted free admission, proper military identification will need to be provided upon theatre admission for the David Ayer Film, which stars Brad Pitt.
Ron Bruer, Sony Pictures Entertainment President says, “We’ve heard from so many veterans that they feel that Fury truly speaks to their experience in wartime, so, on a day when we all want to find ways to give back to the men and women who serve, we’re thrilled to be giving free admission to the film to veterans and active personnel tomorrow.”.
April, 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theatre, a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy (Brad Pitt) commands a Sherman tank and her five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Outnumbered and outgunned, and with a rookie soldier thrust into their platoon, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany. Written and directed by David Ayer, the Film is produced by Bill Block, David Ayer, Ethan Smith and John Lesher.
Sony Pictures release FURY, now in theatres.
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#BOXOFFICE: “NIGHTCRAWLER” CLIMBS TO THE TOP OF THE BOX OFFICE IN HALLOWEEN DEBUT
Coming absolutely out of nowhere, NIGHTCRAWLER springs to the top of the North American Box Office this Halloween weekend with a tepid $11 million opening from 2,766 theatres for Open Road Films/Elevation Pictures, just edging-out OUIJA. Reviews are astoundingly good for the TIFF ’14 Selection at 93% on the Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer from Critics, although it didn’t test as well with Audiences with a B- CinemaScore. This the latest in a long line of Box Office successes for Star and Producer Jake Gyllenhaal, with three of his last four releases topping North America.
OUIJA after debuting on-top last weekend slips to second this weekend, quenching the thirsts of the Horror-hungry with $10.9 million from 2,899 theatres for Universal Pictures. In two weeks, the Film has grossed approximately $35 million.
FURY sits in third spot with $9 million for Sony Pictures this weekend in its third week out. To date it has grossed $60.5 million domestically.
JOHN WICK slips to fourth spot in its second week out with $8 million for Lionsgate Films/eOne Films, nearing the $30-million mark so far.
GONE GIRL continues to be a Box Office smash for 20th Century Fox in fifth with $7 million in its fifth week. The David Fincher Thriller is edging closer towards that $150 million mark and likely will do so in the next week.
ST. VINCENT settles in seventh for The Weinstein Co. and eOne Films with $6.5 million, closing-in on $20 million in its four-week run.
DRACULA UNTOLD bottoms-out the Top Ten with $2.5 million in its fourth week for Universal Pictures.
#BOXOFFICE: “OUIJA” SCARES ITS WAY TO THE TOP!
Right in-time for Halloween, Moviegoers are dictating what exactly they want most at this moment – gettin’ scared! OUIJA exceeds the expectations of many to debut atop the Box Office for Universal Pictures with $20 million this weekend from 2,858 theatres. The Horror starring Olivia Cooke (Bates Motel) didn’t fare so well with Audiences, garnering a C CinemaScore and Critics were a bit harsh with a 10% on the Tomatometer. Made for a paltry $5 million budget, the Studio surely won’t be taking the reception too much to heart.
Debuting a bang-up second is Keanu Reeves’ Comeback Vehicle, JOHN WICK with $15 million from 2,589 theatres for Lionsgate Films/eOne Films. The Action Flick sees Reeves back doing what he does best, with a superb 86% on the Tomatometer from Critics and a B CinemaScore from Audiences.
Last week’s Champ, FURY, slips to third spot this weekend for Sony Pictures, getting $13.5 million from 3,173 theatres. The acclaimed World War II Drama in two weeks has grossed over $46 million domestically, well on its way to recouping its reported $68 million budget which certainly could well be achieved with its forthcoming expansion to other territories.
GONE GIRL still is resilient in fourth with $11 million for 20th Century Fox in its fourth week out, now having grossed $124 million across North America already.
ST. VINCENT opens in sixth for The Weinstein Co./eOne Films, earning $7.8 million from 2,282 theatres. Audiences gave it a sparkling A- CinemaScore, while Critics were on-par with a 76% rating on the Tomatometer. Critics already are touting the Comedy as an Oscar Contender for its Star Bill Murray after a strong debut here at TIFF ’14.
DRACULA UNTOLD rounds-out the Top Ten in its fourth week out with $4.2 million for Universal Pictures, edging its way closer to that $50-million mark.
#BOXOFFICE: “FURY” LIVES UP TO ITS NAME ATOP THE BOX OFFICE
Living up to its name, World War II Drama FURY takes the top of the Box Office for Sony Pictures this weekend, opening in 3,713 theatres across North America with an impressive $23.5 million in its debut. This also gives Director David Ayer (who wrote Training Day) the distinction of the second time debuting atop the Box Office. He accomplished the feat first in September 2012 with End of Watch. Made for a reported $68 million budget, the Film starring a talented male Ensemble including Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Joe Bernthal, Michael Peña and Megastar Brad Pitt tallied in at 80% on the Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer, a strong consensus from Critics. CinemaScore also indicates Audiences gave it an A- which bodes well for word of mouth.
Slipping to second spot this weekend is 20th Century Fox‘s commercially and critically successful GONE GIRL. After remaining on-top for two consecutive weeks domestically, the Film earns $17.8 million this weekend in its third week out from 3,248 theatres. The Film also just surpassed the $100 million-mark this weekend in North America also.
20th Century Fox also has a solid showing in third spot with THE BOOK OF LIFE with $17 million from 3,071 theatres. The Animated Feature from Director/Writer Jorge Gutierrez and Producer Guillermo del Toro featuring the Voice Work of Zoe Saldana, Channing Tatum and Diego Luna, critically has been well-received with an 80% tally on the Tomatometer and an A- CinemaScore also. Many are calling this a Contender Awards Season in its respective category.
ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY continues to capitalize on a lack of Family-oriented options at the Box Office, in fourth this weekend with $12 million from 3,088 theatres in its second week for Disney.
THE BEST OF ME, the latest Film Adaptation from best-selling Romance Writer Nicholas Sparks, opens in fifth spot with $10.2 million for Relativity Media and eOne Films from 2,936 theatres. Starring James Marsden and Michelle Monaghan, Critics were harsh on it with a 7% on the Tomatometer, but a decent B+ CinemaScore from Audiences.
ANNABELLE continues to scare Moviegoers in eight with $7.9 million in its third week out from 2,878 theatres. In its North America run so far, this Prequel to The Conjuring has made just shy of $80 million for Warner Bros.
THE EQUALIZER hangs-on to the Top Ten in ninth spot for Sony Pictures with $5.4 million from 2,262 theatres in four weeks, cumulatively grossing just under $90 million.
THE MAZE RUNNER rounds-out the Top Ten with $4.5 million in its fifth week out, just surpassing the $90 million-mark domestically.
#FIRSTLOOK: BRAD PITT, LOGAN LERMAN, DAVID AYER + MORE AT THE WASHINGTON, D.C. PREMIERE OF “FURY”
The Washington D.C. Premiere of FURY took place last night at the Newseum and the Stars were out in full force indeed! Writer/Director David Ayer and the Cast including Star Brad Pitt walked the Star-Spangled Banner-lined Carpet, talking in-depth about their respective experiences filming the new World War II Drama.
On preparing for his exhausting role as Don “Wardaddy” Collier, Brad Pitt says “Listen, with five guys shoved in a tin can you get tired pretty fast, you don’t have a choice.”. He adds, “You know, we had to work the tank – and were fortunate enough to get to use live ammunition.”. We also learn about his preparation speaking to several War Veterans in understanding their tired psyches.
Listen to Pitt talk about his role below:
Director/Writer David Ayer also talks about his experience working with his brilliant Ensemble of Actors, stating “You think of World War II as a ‘clean war’ because the outcome was so positive, but for the guy inside the tank, it was incredibly murky and difficult.”. He sings Pitt’s praises proclaiming, “I think this is the best work Brad has ever done!”. In describing the Film, he feels “It isn’t your Dad’s World War II Movie”.
See Ayer‘s thoughts below:
Rising Star Logan Lerman who stars as Norman Ellison, also has great praise for his Co-Stars. He says, “We became brothers in pre-production. Our relationship getting to know each other so well made the Movie what it is.”.
See Lerman‘s thoughts below:
And we’re hearing praise from Critics thus far, tallying already a solid 76% on the Tomatometer from Critics!
Sony Pictures release FURY, now in theatres.
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#FIRSTLOOK: BRAD PITT + THE CAST OF “FURY” SURPRISE FANS IN NEW YORK CITY
What would you do if Brad Pitt walked into your local Movie Theatre to introduce your Screening? Fans in New York who attended a Screening of upcoming World War II Drama FURY Tuesday night got exactly that!
Watch the Fandemonium inside the theatre at AMC LOEWS Lincoln Square as Cast Members Shia Labeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Pena, Joe Bernthal came out to introduce the Screening! The Fans had the distinction of being the first Audience in the World to see the Film.
See the Footage below:
How is one to react even?!
And did you see Logan Lerman‘s most epic Selfie, taken moments just before the Cast hopped on-stage?
April, 1945. During the last months of WWII, a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy (Brad Pitt) takes command of a five-man team who pilot a Sherman tank named Fury on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Outnumbered and outgunned, they have to defeat all odds in an attempt to strike down Nazi Germany.
We’ve waited a long time to see this!
Sony Pictures Canada release FURY on Friday, October 17, 2014.
(Photo/video credit: Sony Pictures Canada)