Brad Pitt’s ‘Fury’ tops UK box office

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Brad Pitt’s World War II drama ‘Fury’ has topped the UK and Ireland box offices in its first week of release, beating strong competitor ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’.

The war movie, which also stars Shia LaBeouf, took £2.7 million in its opening weekend and knocked-down last week’s number one film ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ into second place, which collected £1.92 million in the same week.

‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ moves into second place after ‘Fury’ tops the UK box office (photo: dailydot)

‘Fury’ met with similar success across the Atlantic two weeks ago; the tank-based thriller was pushed to the top of the US box office by enthusiastic audiences.

The flick had its European premiere on 19 October, when Brad Pitt and Shia LaBeouf walked the red carpet to see it close the 58th BFI London Film Festival.

Before the premiere Pitt told reporters that the “film is about the soldiers’ exhaustion from the cold, hunger and the accumulative effect on a daily basis. We took that to heart. I hope … soldiers will walk away from this and feel they are recognised”.

Director David Ayer’s movie “focuses so much on the psychological hardships and dealing with those extreme conditions”, Pitt said, referring to the exhaustion and mental trauma suffered by soldiers while fighting in the closing days of World War II.

Though remaining in the top five, ‘Gone Girl’, starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike, has slipped down one place to third, taking £1.59 million followed by the vibrant animated adventure film, ‘The Book of Life’ which comes in at number four.

Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike in ‘Gone Girl’ (photo: indiewire)

‘The Book of Life’ (photo: remezcla)

At number five post-apocalyptic thriller ‘The Maze Runner’ completes the UK and Ireland box office hit list, collecting £905,300 from the nations’ cinema-goers.

‘The Maze Runner’ (photo: moviepilot)