'Lucy' Takes in Strong $61.3M in Seven Days; 'Hercules' Claims $41.6MAugust 01, 2014 12:35 PM

by Daniel Garris

Universal's Lucy took in $3.23 million on Thursday to lead the daily box office for a seventh consecutive and final day. The modestly budgeted sci-fi action film starring Scarlett Johansson did fall a significant 14 percent from Wednesday, as the film clearly took a hit from the strong Thursday evening launch of Disney's Guardians of the Galaxy. Lucy was the week's top film with a stronger than expected seven-day start of $61.29 million. While Lucy is showing early signs of front-loading thus far, the film's holding power won't be as important given the strength of its opening week performance.

Hercules held steady in second place with $2.12 million. The Dwayne Johnson led 3D action-adventure film from Paramount and MGM was down a sharp 19 percent from Wednesday. Clearly Hercules also took a big hit on Thursday from the arrival of Guardians of the Galaxy in the marketplace. While it didn't light the box office on fire this week, Hercules did exceed its relatively modest expectations with a seven-day start of $41.65 million. That placed the film in second for the week.

Fox's Dawn of the Planet of the Apes took in $1.61 million to remain in third. The 3D sci-fi action sequel fell 13 percent from Wednesday and 51 percent from last Thursday. Despite strong word of mouth, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes clearly took a hit this week from the stronger than expected performances of Lucy and Hercules. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes placed in third for the week with $24.94 million. That was down 53 percent from the previous frame and brings the film's three-week total to a strong $180.63 million.

Planes: Fire and Rescue claimed fourth place with $1.31 milllion. The modestly budgeted computer animated sequel from Disney was down only 4 percent from Wednesday, which represented the day's strongest daily percentage hold among wide releases. The film was down 35 percent from last Thursday. Planes: Fire and Rescue placed in fifth for the week with $15.35 million. That was down 40.5 percent from last week and brings the film's two-week total to $41.17 million.

Universal's The Purge: Anarchy rounded out the day's unchanged top five with $1.13 million. The low budget horror sequel fell 9 percent from Wednesday and a respectable 47 percent from last Thursday. The Purge: Anarchy claimed fourth place this week with $16.03 million. That was down 61 percent from the film's opening week performance and brings the film's two-week total to a very solid $57.41 million.

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, Jan. 18 - Mon, Jan. 21

Wide (1000+)

2Zero Dark Thirty$18,600,381-24%2,9469$6,314$56,945,1385Sony / Columbia
3Silver Linings Playbook$12,740,379154%2,5231713$5,050$56,699,64910Weinstein Company
4Gangster Squad$10,128,178-41%3,1030$3,264$33,238,2382Warner Bros.
5A Haunted House$9,472,030-48%2,1600$4,385$31,085,2072Open Road
6Broken City$9,459,459--2,620--$3,610$9,459,4591Fox
7Django Unchained$9,216,113-17%2,516-496$3,663$139,334,8484Weinstein Company
8Les Miserables (2012)$9,013,605-7%2,579-348$3,495$131,571,6254Universal
9The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$7,623,310-17%2,323-689$3,282$288,613,0516Warner Bros. / New Line
10The Last Stand$7,213,327--2,913--$2,476$7,213,3271Lionsgate
11Lincoln$6,678,2285%2,174147$3,072$161,814,30711Disney / DreamWorks
12Parental Guidance$5,632,836-7%2,337-620$2,410$67,657,9904Fox
13Life of Pi$4,207,18656%1,256499$3,350$100,044,4919Fox
14Jack Reacher$2,685,905-44%1,707-1000$1,573$76,863,2385Paramount
15This is 40$2,297,685-47%1,232-1088$1,865$65,178,6855Universal
16Wreck-It Ralph$2,050,610212%1,312836$1,563$181,557,91412Disney
17Texas Chainsaw 3D$1,429,933-73%1,474-1185$970$33,622,8713Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

1The Impossible$3,012,18219%88678$3,400$10,728,7475Lionsgate / Summit
2Argo$2,717,033116%756135$3,594$115,238,58715Warner Bros.
3Skyfall$1,143,895-26%507-316$2,256$301,030,96911Sony / Columbia
4Monsters, Inc. 3D$1,035,120-40%565-562$1,832$31,975,6355Disney
5Rise of The Guardians$825,783-22%474-431$1,742$99,762,1469Paramount / DreamWorks
6The Guilt Trip$724,746-62%642-964$1,129$35,817,3305Paramount
7Hotel Transylvania$496,75640%237-15$2,096$147,211,39417Sony / Columbia
8Hyde Park on Hudson$488,688-19%194-52$2,519$4,930,2217Focus
9The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$402,989-38%306-236$1,317$290,783,01210Lionsgate / Summit
11Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$272,232-41%265-165$1,027$12,222,2385Paramount
12Here Comes the Boom$264,92725%209-19$1,268$44,712,69215Sony / Columbia
13Rust and Bone$264,34341%16889$1,573$1,501,8859Sony Pictures Classics
14Red Dawn (2012)$264,330145%24924$1,062$44,337,2689FilmDistrict
15Anna Karenina (2012)$192,750-16%117-27$1,647$12,262,64410Focus
16Promised Land (2012)$144,622-89%134-1513$1,079$7,556,7084Focus
17Taken 2$125,607-14%156-34$805$139,674,08316Fox
19Pitch Perfect$85,615-16%125-29$685$64,912,84317Universal
20Hitchcock$82,954-12%122-5$680$5,788,2099Fox Searchlight
21Dabangg 2$1,107-72%1660$7$2,505,3475Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

1Amour$446,07774%3621$12,391$1,217,7725Sony Pictures Classics
2Quartet$346,121635%3230$10,816$418,1982Weinstein Company
3Beasts of the Southern Wild$182,8332785%7167$2,575$11,487,86930Fox Searchlight
4LUV$102,203--45--$2,271$102,2031Indomina Media
5To the Arctic 3D$100,99446%520$1,942$10,888,20240Warner Bros. / IMAX
6The Perks of Being A Wallflower$63,189-5%73-27$866$17,671,12818Lionsgate / Summit
7The Sessions$51,846-10%628$836$5,802,27114Fox Searchlight
8Hubble 3D$51,42636%171$3,025$35,989,914149Warner Bros. / IMAX
9A Royal Affair$49,334291%389$1,298$751,59511Magnolia Pictures
10Born to Be Wild 3D$45,69890%300$1,523$21,787,67994Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Cloud Atlas$34,722-53%58-104$599$27,098,58013Warner Bros.
12Searching For Sugar Man$34,09131%275$1,263$3,140,48326Sony Pictures Classics
1356 Up$32,03581%42$8,009$91,5013First Run Features
14Ice Age: Continental Drift$30,1866%40-8$755$161,276,53928Fox
15The Master$21,286-4%14-2$1,520$16,048,22119Weinstein Company
16Playing For Keeps (2012)$20,790-36%58-49$358$12,938,5267FilmDistrict
17A Late Quartet$18,868-38%14-3$1,348$1,444,79812Entertainment One / RKO
18Space Station 3D$18,06037%42$4,515$87,004,334562IMAX
19Deep Sea 3D$14,66633%41$3,667$45,308,573360Warner Bros. / IMAX
20The House I Live In$12,551435%53$2,510$199,25416Abramorama
21The Rabbi's Cat$12,343--7--$1,763$19,3237GKIDS
22West of Memphis$9,572238%97$1,064$57,4164Sony Pictures Classics
23Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel$9,23449%70$1,319$985,14518IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
24Not Fade Away$8,517-79%56-121$152$607,3275Paramount Vantage
25Killing Them Softly$6,270-66%12-19$523$14,953,9868Weinstein Company
26Somewhere Between$6,108-1%32$2,036$203,55322Long Shot Factory
27Under the Sea 3D$5,64849%74$807$32,513,828206Warner Bros. / IMAX
28Greenwich Village: Music That Defined a Generation$5,530--1--$5,530$5,5301Kino Lorber
29Any Day Now$5,203-42%7-8$743$157,8136Music Box Films
30Let My People Go!$3,59461%32$1,198$7,0832Zeitgeist Films
31The Waiting Room$3,377540%32$1,126$180,63817International Film Circuit
32Brief Reunion$3,085--2--$1,543$3,0851Striped Entertainment
33Robot & Frank$2,921-78%10-16$292$3,325,03823IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
345 Broken Cameras$1,777--1--$1,777$77,38434Kino Lorber
35Orchestra of Exiles$1,640--1--$1,640$26,35013First Run Features
36Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters$1,512-66%1-1$1,512$42,82212Zeitgeist Films
37The Invisible War$1,361--4--$340$64,01031Cinedigm
38Deadfall (2012)$1,322812%21$661$65,8047Magnolia Pictures
39Brooklyn Castle$1,292-41%31$431$207,71214Producers Distribution Agency
40Officer Down$1,184--1--$1,184$1,1841Anchor Bay Films
41Django (2012 re-issue)$1,181222%20$591$20,3525Rialto Pictures
42Wagner & Me$1,058-35%1-1$1,058$31,8857First Run Features
43The Law in These Parts$748--1--$748$11,97610Cinema Guild
44Nothing But a Man (2012 re-issue)$566-2%10$566$7,74011APD/Cinema Conservancy
45A Dark Truth$424-78%1-2$424$4,4423Magnolia Pictures
46California Solo$334-79%10$334$15,3688Strand Releasing
47North Sea Texas$332--1--$332$25,85012Strand Releasing
48The Man Who Shook the Hand of Vicente Fernandez$205-20%10$205$6,8597Indican Pictures
49Storage 24$72--1--$72$721Magnolia / Magnet
50Neighboring Sounds$32--1--$32$48,00622Cinema Guild