“Fury” kicked two-time box office leader “Gone Girl” to second place. The thriller starring Ben Affleck collected $17.8 million from Friday through Sunday, according to data from tracking firm Rentrak.
Animated movie “The Book of Life” earned the No. 3 spot with a debut of $17 million at domestic theaters.
In “Fury,” Pitt plays a hardened war veteran who leads men overcome by fatigue and traveling by tank in Nazi Germanyduring the final months of World War Two. Shia LaBeouf, Jon Bernthal, Michael Pena and Logan Lerman play the rest of his U.S. Army crew.
Critics gave high marks to “Fury” for strong performances and a fresh take on the genre, with 80 percent recommending the film in reviews collected on the Rotten Tomatoes website.