Fury blasts to top of box office
The Second World War drama Fury blew past Gone Girl at cinemas this weekend.
Gone Girl topped the US box office for two weeks before Brad Pitt and his rag-tag group of tank mates in Fury blasted Ben Affleck's film into second place.
Sony's Fury captured 23.5 million dollars (£14.5 million) in ticket sales during its opening weekend, according to studio estimates. Fox's Gone Girl followed with 17.8 million dollars (£11 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 the 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 dollars (£10.5 million), followed by Disney's Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day with 12 million dollars (£7.4 million).
"We're 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 colourful 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 dollars (£6.3 million).