Fury is a career best for Ayer. As fate would have it, the year’s other high-profile WWII drama, the upcoming Unbroken, is directed by Pitt’s wife, Angelina Jolie.
While Fury played heavily to males (60 percent), Sony distribution chief Rory Bruer noted that females, likely lured in by Pitt, made up a healthy percentage. “It’s really resonating with all audiences,” he said. Overall, 51 percent of the audience was over the age of 35.
Strong reviews, along with the successful U.S. launch, should bolster Fury’s showing overseas, where it begins rolling out next weekend. In 2009, Pitt starred in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds, which lays claim to the No. 2 opening of all time for a WWII war title ($38.1 million) after Pearl Harbor ($59.1 million). Fury ranks No. 4 behind those two titles andSaving Private Ryan ($30.6 million).
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