'Lucy' Surpasses the $50M Mark on TuesdayJuly 30, 2014 12:31 PM

by Daniel Garris

Universal's Lucy grossed $5.44 million on Tuesday to lead the daily box office for a fifth consecutive day. The modestly budgeted sci-fi action film starring Scarlett Johansson increased a respectable 10 percent over Monday's performance. In general, yesterday's daily percentage increases weren't as strong as usual for a Tuesday. Lucy surpassed the $50 million mark yesterday and has grossed a stronger than expected $54.31 million in five days. That places the film 22 percent ahead of the $44.51 million five-day take of 2010's Salt.

Hercules held steady in second place with $3.78 million. The Dwayne Johnson led 3D action-adventure film from Paramount and MGM was up 13 percent over Monday. Hercules continues to exceed its relatively modest pre-release expectations with a five-day start of $36.92 million. The film is currently running 5 percent behind the $38.97 million five-day take of 2012's Wrath of the Titans. With Disney's Guardians of the Galaxy arriving on Friday, it is especially important for Hercules to gross as much as it can this week.

Fox's Dawn of the Planet of the Apes took in $2.51 million to remain in third. The critically acclaimed 3D sci-fi action sequel was up 13 percent over Monday, but down 51 percent from last Tuesday. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes has clearly taken a bit of a hit this week from the stronger than expected performances of Lucy and Hercules. With that said the film continues to exceed expectations with an impressive $177.17 million in 19 days.

Universal's The Purge: Anarchy claimed fourth with $1.658 million. The low budget horror sequel increased 9 percent over Monday and fell 54 percent from last Tuesday. The Purge: Anarchy continues to perform well (especially with its price-tag in mind) and has now grossed $55.04 million in twelve days. That places the film 1 percent ahead of the $54.32 million twelve-day take of last year's The Purge.

Planes: Fire and Rescue rounded out the day's unchanged top five with $1.645 million. The modestly budgeted computer animated sequel from Disney was up 10 percent over Monday and down just 29 percent from last Tuesday. With a twelve-day take of $38.49 million, Planes: Fire and Rescue is currently running 20 percent behind the $48.36 million twelve-day gross of last year's Planes.

Daily Domestic Gross Wed, Nov. 10 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Nov. 10 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Due Date$2,577,1782%3,355--$768$40,109,1641Warner Bros.
2Megamind$2,315,36124%3,944--$587$52,064,3831Paramount / DreamWorks
3Morning Glory (2010)$1,067,685--2,518--$424$1,067,6850Paramount
4For Colored Girls$930,778-12%2,127--$438$22,620,1041Lionsgate
5Red (2010)$692,0089%3,229-120$214$73,528,5214Summit
6Saw 3D$570,388-3%2,8080$203$40,010,5802Lionsgate
7Paranormal Activity 2$509,16224%3,168-71$161$78,275,7723Paramount
8Jackass 3D$435,38117%2,165-974$201$111,830,7104Paramount
10Hereafter$319,311-7%2,205-219$145$29,659,0564Warner Bros.
11The Social Network$291,43316%1,860-907$157$85,616,6836Sony / Columbia
12Life As We Know It$214,2141%1,725-1135$124$49,096,5055Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Nov. 10 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Conviction$132,717-27%672107$197$5,235,0764Fox Searchlight
2The Town$100,360-2%641-967$157$90,039,0728Warner Bros.
3Waiting for 'Superman'$70,65624%242-88$292$5,579,0447Paramount Vantage
4Easy A$35,28427%486-776$73$57,314,0798Sony / Screen Gems
5Inception$34,64111%291-110$119$291,541,26817Warner Bros.
6Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$32,16814%530-1480$61$54,101,2707Warner Bros.
7Despicable Me$23,02515%307-28$75$248,375,57018Universal
8Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$22,559-18%353-580$64$51,960,6047Fox
9It's Kind of a Funny Story$18,16640%201-276$90$6,238,9845Focus
10Stone$17,983-16%109-16$165$1,546,1775Relativity / Overture
11Nowhere Boy$15,716-3%17522$90$1,242,7975Weinstein Company
13Alpha and Omega$10,20923%288-388$35$24,478,9188Lionsgate
14Case 39$8,5005%157-249$54$13,206,1606Paramount Vantage
16Jack Goes Boating$2,29710%644609$4$498,7568Relativity / Overture

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Nov. 10 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fair Game (2010)$57,8990%46--$1,259$818,9661Summit
2Hubble 3D$31,133-8%60-1$519$17,838,03034Warner Bros. / IMAX
3127 Hours$25,9417%4--$6,485$342,2151Fox Searchlight
4Under the Sea 3D$8,42814%14-2$602$24,734,59891Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Catfish$6,050-4%55-82$110$3,168,5438Universal / Rogue
6Never Let Me Go$4,987-16%51-75$98$2,299,5258Fox Searchlight
9Let Me In$3,23521%95-283$34$12,008,0916Relativity / Overture
10The Tillman Story$2,61433%240$109$770,87012Weinstein Company
11Wild Target$517-52%51$103$47,0952Freestyle
12Winter's Bone$437-19%10-1$44$6,219,44122Roadside Attractions
13Piranha 3D$17738%6-13$30$25,002,00612Weinstein Company
14The Concert$16599%4-2$41$655,97716Weinstein Company
15I Spit on Your Grave (2010)$60-23%2-1$30$91,8735Anchor Bay