Grosses

'Lucy' Breaks Out with $43.9M; 'Hercules' Stronger than Expected with $29.8MJuly 28, 2014 12:34 PM

by Daniel Garris

Universal's Lucy exceeded expectations this weekend with a strong first place start of $43.89 million. The modestly budgeted sci-fi action film starring Scarlett Johansson was no doubt helped out greatly by Johansson's rising drawing power on the heels of Captain America: The Winter Soldier earlier this year. In addition to Johansson's presence, Lucy was also likely helped out by being a non-sequel in a summer full of sequels, by the relatively soft overall box office thus far in July and by moviegoers potentially rushing out to see the film before Disney's Guardians of the Galaxy arrives in theatres this coming Friday. Lucy debuted 22 percent stronger than the $36.01 million debut of Salt back in July of 2010.

Lucy debuted with $17.09 million on Friday (which included an estimated $2.75 million from evening shows on Thursday), decreased 12 percent on Saturday to take in $15.02 million and fell 22 percent on Sunday to gross $11.79 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.57 to 1. The audience breakdown for Lucy was evenly split between genders and skewed towards moviegoers 25 years and older (65 percent). One potentially troubling sign for Lucy going forward is that the film received a disappointing C+ rating on CinemaScore. With that said, holding power won't be as important for the film going forward after such a strong opening weekend performance.

Hercules also exceeded expectations this weekend with a respectable second place take of $29.80 million. The Dwayne Johnson led 3D action-adventure film from Paramount and MGM had been expected to open in the range of $20 million to $25 million. In addition to Johnson's presence, Hercules was likely also aided by serving as a PG-13 alternative to the R rated Lucy and by the mentioned relatively soft overall box office thus far in July. Hercules opened 11 percent below the $33.46 million start of 2012's Wrath of the Titans.

Hercules grossed $11.06 million on Friday (which included an estimated $2.1 million from evening shows on Thursday), fell 7.5 percent on Saturday to take in $10.23 million and fell just 17 percent on Sunday to gross $8.52 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.69 to 1. The film received a solid B+ rating on CinemaScore. But much like Lucy, Hercules could potentially experience a sharp decline next weekend when the highly anticipated Guardians of the Galaxy arrives in the marketplace.

Hercules grossed an estimated $4.0 million from IMAX locations, which represented 13.4 percent of the film's overall gross this weekend.

With the stronger than expected debuts of Lucy and Hercules, Fox's Dawn of the Planet of the Apes took a sharper than expected fall this weekend with a third place take of $16.77 million. The critically acclaimed 3D sci-fi action sequel was down 54 percent from last weekend. Despite this weekend's hold, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes continues to exceed expectations with a 17-day gross of $172.46 million. That places the film an impressive 29 percent ahead of the $133.58 million 17-day take of 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes (which fell 42 percent in its third weekend to gross $16.12 million).

Universal's The Purge: Anarchy fell a sharp 65 percent in its second weekend to land in fourth with $10.48 million. On the positive side of things, the horror sequel held up better in its second weekend than last year's The Purge did when it declined a harsh 76 percent in its second weekend to gross $8.32 million. With a healthy ten-day take of $51.86 million, The Purge: Anarchy is now running essentially on par with the $51.96 million ten-day take of The Purge.

Planes: Fire and Rescue rounded out the weekend's top five with $9.53 million. The modestly budgeted computer animated sequel from Disney was down a significant 46 percent from last weekend. Planes: Fire and Rescue has grossed $35.35 million in ten days. That places the film 22 percent behind the $45.34 million ten-day take of last year's Planes (which fell 40 percent in its second weekend to gross $13.39 million).

And So It Goes debuted in eighth place with $4.64 million. The Clarius Entertainment release starring Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton opened in line with its modest pre-release expectations. The opening weekend figure for And So It Goes was in the same ballpark as the $3.75 million debut of Clarius' Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return back in May. And So It Goes took in $1.36 million on Friday, increased 39 percent on Saturday to take in $1.89 million and decline 26.5 percent on Sunday to gross $1.39 million. That gave the film an impressive opening weekend to Friday ratio of 3.41 to 1. And So It Goes received a B+ rating on CinemaScore.

On the limited front, Roadside's A Most Wanted Man debuted in tenth place with $2.69 million. The critically acclaimed thriller starring the late Philip Seymour Hoffman earned a healthy per-location average of $7,442 from 361 locations for the frame.

Meanwhile, Open Road's The Fluffy Movie was off to a lackluster start with $1.31 million from 432 locations. That gave the comedy concert film starring Gabriel Iglesias a modest per-location average of $3,036 for the frame.

Daily Domestic Gross Tue, Sep. 7 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Sep. 7 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The American$1,073,258-69%2,823--$380$20,879,3761Focus
2Machete$1,012,596-62%2,670--$379$15,115,4841Fox
3Takers$778,411-71%2,2060$353$40,765,2282Sony / Screen Gems
4Going the Distance (2010)$616,264-62%3,030--$203$9,124,5541Warner Bros. / New Line
5The Expendables$497,432-71%3,3980$146$94,383,0264Lionsgate
6Eat Pray Love$484,327-65%2,663-445$182$70,763,9714Sony / Columbia
7The Last Exorcism$447,231-68%2,8740$156$33,969,8062Lionsgate
8The Other Guys$337,980-75%2,607-574$130$108,468,8195Sony / Columbia
9Inception$329,334-75%1,704-366$193$278,786,9438Warner Bros.
10The Switch (2010)$253,262-68%1,885-132$134$22,545,4633Miramax
11Piranha 3D$202,088-65%1,789-702$113$23,308,0473Weinstein Company
12Nanny McPhee Returns$175,985-86%2,708-90$65$23,848,6453Universal
13Despicable Me$135,985-87%1,600-233$85$241,634,6159Universal
14Vampires Suck$126,615-83%2,434-799$52$33,367,2173Fox
15Lottery Ticket$116,410-79%1,310-663$89$21,191,3823Warner Bros.
16Toy Story 3$109,923-86%1,520920$72$409,000,33112Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Sep. 7 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Avatar$182,484-74%8120$225$758,430,32438Fox
2Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$125,085-71%807-759$155$29,392,2154Universal
3Salt$87,469-75%705-463$124$115,649,1317Sony / Columbia
4Dinner for Schmucks$64,970-73%804-697$81$71,231,7866Paramount / DreamWorks
5Step Up 3D$62,785-69%434-467$145$41,347,1825Disney
6The Kids Are All Right$30,849-69%239-103$129$19,922,1079Focus
7The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$30,685-72%396-80$77$298,829,15110Summit
8Hubble 3D$28,350-74%123-28$230$15,138,77225Warner Bros. / IMAX
9The Last Airbender$21,827-78%257-49$85$131,178,97810Paramount
10Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$21,250-88%455-368$47$42,230,5736Warner Bros.
11Ramona and Beezus$12,559-88%305-49$41$25,318,7597Fox
12Charlie St. Cloud$9,895-71%220-113$45$31,010,9056Universal
13Shrek Forever After$8,824-83%179-28$49$238,380,81116Paramount / DreamWorks
14Knight and Day$6,855-75%142-87$48$76,238,59411Fox
15Predators$5,364-60%111-76$48$51,794,1979Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Sep. 7 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Tillman Story$12,630-71%2419$526$316,1903Weinstein Company
2Winter's Bone$10,139-68%93-26$109$5,650,14513Roadside Attractions
3Under the Sea 3D$4,593-78%160$287$24,115,54782Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Flipped$4,167-78%282$149$774,3035Warner Bros.
5The A-Team$3,145-61%54-38$58$77,190,47913Fox
6The Concert$3,010-79%200$151$456,4267Weinstein Company
7Marmaduke$1,607-83%45-21$36$33,631,95414Fox
8Cyrus$1,454-45%26-6$56$7,382,56212Fox Searchlight
9La Soga$1,200-51%5-7$240$163,03247-57 Releasing
10Solitary Man$1,018-51%245$42$4,340,66116Anchor Bay
11The Disappearance of Alice Creed$881-67%6-1$147$147,9535Anchor Bay
12Princess Kaiulani$632-58%32$211$876,93617Roadside Attractions
13White Wedding (2009)$358-69%4--$90$7,3621Dada Films