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Box Office Report: ‘Book of Life’ Sees $17M Debut

Set around the Mexican holiday Day of the Dead, Jorge Gutierrez’ animated feature, ‘The Book of Life,’ makes a third place debut, trailing behind Brad Pitt’s ‘Fury’ and David Fincher’s ‘Gone Girl.’

David Ayer's Fury bested the North American box office this weekend with $23.5 million from 3,173 theaters, pushing Gone Girl from the top spot and delivering one of the best openings of all time for a World War II movie.

Sony, QED International and LStar Capital spent $68 million to make Fury, featuring Brad Pitt as a battle-hardened Army sergeant in command of a Sherman tank and its five-man crew as they attempt to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany.

Twentieth Century Fox holdover Gone Girl -- jumping the $100 million mark domestically and the $200 million mark globally -- took the number two spot in North America. David Fincher’s latest feature brought in $17.8 million from 3,241 theaters for a total $107.1 million. Overseas, Gone Girl took in an additional $20.2 million for a foreign tally of $94.7 million and worldwide haul of $201.8 million.

The 3D animated The Book of Life, directed by Jorge R. Gutierrez and produced by Guillermo del Toro, made a third place debut with a solid $17 million. Fox Animation and ReelFX co-produced the $50 million movie, set around the Mexican holiday Day of the Dead, and voiced by Channing Tatum, Christina Applegate, Ice Cube, Hector Elizondo, Diego Luna and Zoe Saldana. Overseas, The Book of Life debuted to $8.6 million from its first 19 markets for a global launch of $25.6 million.

Disney holdover Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day placed fourth on its sophomore weekend with $12 million for a domestic total of $36.9 million. Disney produced the $28 million movie with 21 Laps and The Jim Henson Co.

The weekend's third new nationwide offering was The Best of Me, the latest Nicholas Sparks adaptation starring Michelle Monaghan, James Marsden, Luke Bracey, Liana Liberato and Gerald McRaney. Coming in fifth place, the $26 million film was made by Relativity with DiNovi Pictures and Nicholas Sparks Productions.

Universal and Legendary Pictures' Dracula Untold placed sixth with $9.9 million for a domestic total of $40.7 million. Overseas, the origins film directed by Gary Shore earned another $22.5 million for an international total of $95.7 million and global take of $136.4 million.

In seventh place, Robert Downey Jr.'s new courtroom dramedy The Judge made an additional $7.94 million, placing it just ahead of horror holdover Annabelle. The Judge has now brought in a total of $26.8 million for Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow Pictures.

Annabelle, from Warner Bros. and New Line, came in eighth place with $7.92 million, pushing the film’s domestic total to $74.1 million. Overseas, Annabelle earned an additional $19.2 million to push the film’s global total to $166.1 million.

Denzel Washington's The Equalizer -- from Sony, Village Roadshow Pictures and LStar Capital -- came in ninth place, taking in $5.5 million for a domestic total of $89.2 million.

Twentieth Century Fox’s The Maze Runner rounded out the top 10 with $4.5 million, pushing the film’s domestic total to $90.8 million. Overseas, the YA adaptation has brought in $160.7 million for a worldwide total of $251.5 million.

Elsewhere, Disney's Guardians of the Galaxy took the top spot on the international box office chart, bringing in $23.1 million to jump the $400 million mark internationally for a worldwide total of $732.6 million. Guardians became the number three Marvel title of all time behind The Avengers ($1.5 billion) and Iron Man 3 ($1.2 billion).

And thanks to a late rollout in Europe, Paramount's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles came in fourth place internationally, taking in $20 million from 33 territories for a foreign total of $185.4 million and a global haul of $375 million.

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Formerly Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network, Jennifer Wolfe has worked in the Media & Entertainment industry as a writer and PR professional since 2003.