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`Fury' defeats `Gone Girl' in box-office battle

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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- "Fury" was the champion of the weekend box-office battle, knocking two-week champ "Gone Girl" to second place.

The bloody World War II drama, which stars Brad Pitt as tank commander Wardaddy, collected $23.7 million in its opening weekend. Shia LaBeouf and Logan Lerman also star as Wardaddy's tank mates.

Ben Affleck plays a man whose wife goes missing in "Gone Girl," which continued to draw audiences in its third week of release. Its domestic ticket sales now top $100 million.

Two other new films landed in the top five. "The Book of Life," animated family film awash in imagery from Day of the Dead, opened in third place with $17 million, while the Nicholas Sparks romance "The Best of Me" claimed fifth place.

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The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theaters Friday through Sunday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theater locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Monday by Rentrak, are:

1. "Fury," Sony, $23,702,421, 3,173 locations, $7,470 average, $23,702,421, 1 week.

2. "Gone Girl," 20th Century Fox, $17,511,956, 3,249 locations, $5,390 average, $106,780,820, 3 weeks.

3. "The Book Of Life," 20th Century Fox, $17,005,218, 3,071 locations, $5,537 average, $17,005,218, 1 week.

4. "Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day," Disney, $11,456,954, 3,088 locations, $3,710 average, $36,288,619, 2 weeks.

5. "The Best Of Me," Relativity Media, $10,003,827, 2,936 locations, $3,407 average, $10,003,827, 1 week.

6. "Dracula Untold," Universal, $9,988,530, 2,900 locations, $3,444 average, $40,834,620, 2 weeks.

7. "The Judge," Warner Bros., $7,916,418, 3,003 locations, $2,636 average, $26,819,761, 2 weeks.

8. "Annabelle," Warner Bros., $7,878,300, 2,878 locations, $2,737 average, $74,080,010, 3 weeks.

9. "The Equalizer," Sony, $5,382,353, 2,262 locations, $2,379 average, $89,101,287, 4 weeks.

10. "The Maze Runner," 20th Century Fox, $4,567,445, 2,155 locations, $2,119 average, $90,904,728, 5 weeks.

11. "Addicted," Lionsgate, $3,472,423, 1,037 locations, $3,349 average, $12,842,877, 2 weeks.

12. "The Boxtrolls," Focus Features, $2,700,343, 2,251 locations, $1,200 average, $46,085,766, 4 weeks.

13. "Guardians Of The Galaxy," Disney, $959,912, 730 locations, $1,315 average, $327,792,643, 12 weeks.

14. "Left Behind," Freestyle Releasing, $922,618, 923 locations, $1,000 average, $12,849,835, 3 weeks.

15. "St. Vincent," The Weinstein Company, $665,584, 68 locations, $9,788 average, $817,566, 2 weeks.

16. "Meet the Mormons," Purdie Distribution, $568,409, 333 locations, $1,707 average, $4,520,644, 2 weeks.

17. "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," Paramount, $525,534, 372 locations, $1,413 average, $189,588,745, 11 week.

18. "This Is Where I Leave You," Warner Bros., $509,828, 502 locations, $1,016 average, $33,223,056, 5 weeks.

19. "Kill The Messenger," Focus Features, $481,784, 427 locations, $1,128 average, $1,846,417, 2 weeks.

20. "Birdman," Fox Searchlight, $424,397, 4 locations, $106,099 average, $424,397, 1 week.

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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.

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