‘Fury’ blasts ‘Gone Girl’ from top of box office

This image released by 20th Century Fox shows Ben Affleck in a scene from
This image released by 20th Century Fox shows Ben Affleck in a scene from "Gone Girl." (AP Photo/20th Century Fox, Merrick Morton)

LOS ANGELES — The bloody World War II drama “Fury” blew past “Gone Girl” at theaters this weekend.

“Gone Girl” was tops at the box office for two weeks before Brad Pitt and his rag-tag group of tank mates in “Fury” blasted the film to second place.

Sony’s “Fury” captured $23.5 million in ticket sales during its opening weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. Fox’s “Gone Girl” followed with $17.8 million.

The week’s top two films are R-rated adult dramas, followed by two PG family films.

“The fall movie season is all about making the transition from PG-13 world of summer to the R-rated, edgier world of the fall and awards season,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for box-office tracker Rentrak.

The animated Fox feature “The Book of Life” opened in third place with $17 million, followed by Disney’s “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” with $12 million.

“Were now in full adult movie-going season and we’ll see a lot more adult-skewing fare,” said Fox distribution chief Chris Aronson, who added that the colorful “Book of Life” suits any audience.

Another new film rounds out the top five: Relativity’s Nicholas Sparks romance “The Best of Me,” starring Michelle Monaghan and James Marsden, debuted with $10.2 million.

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Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Rentrak. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.

1. “Fury,” $23.5 million.

2. “Gone Girl,” $17.8 million.

3. “The Book of Life,” $17 million.

4. “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day,” $12 million.

5. “The Best of Me,” $10.2 million.

6. “Dracula Untold,” $9.9 million.

7. “The Judge,” $7.94 million.

8. “Annabelle,” $7.92 million.

9. “The Equalizer,” $5.4 million.

10. “The Maze Runner,” $4.5 million.

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Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by 21st Century Fox; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC.