Grosses

'Lucy' Breaks Out with $44.0M; 'Hercules' Stronger than Expected with $29.0MJuly 27, 2014 08:54 AM

by Daniel Garris

Universal's Lucy exceeded expectations this weekend with a strong estimated first place start of $44.0 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 $17.1 million on Friday (which included an estimated $2.75 million from evening shows on Thursday), decreased 12 percent on Saturday to take in $15.0 million and is estimated to fall 21 percent on Sunday to gross $11.9 million. That places the film's estimated 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 estimated second place take of $29.0 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 13 percent below the $33.46 million start of 2012's Wrath of the Titans.

Hercules grossed $11.08 million on Friday (which included an estimated $2.1 million from evening shows on Thursday), fell 8 percent on Saturday to take in $10.24 million and is estimated to fall 25 percent on Sunday to gross $7.68 million. That places the film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.62 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 13.8 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 an estimated third place take of $16.40 million. The critically acclaimed 3D sci-fi action sequel was down 55 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 $172.09 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 67 percent in its second weekend to land in fourth with an estimated $9.9 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 $51.28 million, The Purge: Anarchy is now running just 1 percent behind the $51.96 million ten-day take of The Purge.

Planes: Fire and Rescue rounded out the weekend's top five with an estimated $9.3 million. The modestly budgeted computer animated sequel from Disney was down a significant 47 percent from last weekend. Planes: Fire and Rescue has grossed $35.12 million in ten days. That places the film 22.5 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 an estimated $4.55 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 is estimated to decline 31 percent on Sunday to gross $1.30 million. That gives the film an estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio of 3.34 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 an estimated $2.72 million. The critically acclaimed thriller starring the late Philip Seymour Hoffman earned a healthy per-location average of $7,527 from 361 locations for the frame.

Open Road's The Fluffy Movie was off to a lackluster start with an estimated $1.31 million from 432 locations. That gave the comedy concert film starring Gabriel Iglesias a modest per-location average of $3,042 for the frame.

Daily Domestic Gross Fri, Jan. 14 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jan. 14 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Green Hornet$11,096,425--3,584--$3,096$11,096,4251Sony / Columbia
2The Dilemma$6,174,225--2,940--$2,100$6,174,2251Universal
3True Grit (2010)$3,254,531137%3,459335$941$118,466,4264Paramount
4The King's Speech$2,442,748225%1,543785$1,583$37,966,6078Weinstein Company
5Black Swan$2,399,857150%2,328744$1,031$67,268,2157Fox Searchlight
6Little Fockers$2,035,985141%3,394-281$600$129,122,0104Universal
7The Fighter$1,491,724106%2,414-114$618$62,136,3886Paramount
8TRON: Legacy$1,391,39682%2,439-574$570$152,629,9925Disney
9Season of the Witch$1,284,17196%2,82711$454$14,781,9112Relativity Media
10Country Strong$1,102,487103%1,4240$774$10,707,6214Sony / Screen Gems
11Yogi Bear$1,023,840191%2,702-586$379$77,773,9125Warner Bros.
12Tangled$832,750152%2,048-335$407$178,135,4418Disney
13The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$534,83368%1,704-1110$314$96,277,5696Fox
14The Tourist$501,82336%1,420-1022$353$63,080,7696Sony / Columbia
15Gulliver's Travels (2010)$459,76266%1,666-1298$276$35,988,1854Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Jan. 14 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Blue Valentine (2010)$394,473403%230190$1,715$1,854,9583Weinstein Company
2Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$346,44275%941-566$368$288,750,7109Warner Bros.
3The Heart Specialist$151,933--422--$360$151,9331Freestyle
4Megamind$146,455603%341-34$429$144,901,54011Paramount / DreamWorks
5How Do You Know$126,429-34%615-1287$206$29,667,0685Sony / Columbia
6The Social Network$99,40944%322-281$309$94,441,50116Sony / Columbia
7Due Date$91,710297%34197$269$99,835,28011Warner Bros.
8Rabbit Hole$77,808458%10066$778$759,6235Lionsgate
9Burlesque$70,960--29567$241$38,439,4468Sony / Screen Gems
10Unstoppable (2010)$69,96086%303-95$231$80,218,80710Fox
11Love and Other Drugs$45,81642%166-46$276$31,861,2498Fox
12Red (2010)$41,75673%206-55$203$89,967,08014Summit
13Life As We Know It$25,01471%132-56$190$53,209,88815Warner Bros.
14Morning Glory (2010)$17,14429%127-51$135$30,944,89510Paramount
15Despicable Me$12,33539%137-41$90$251,426,31028Universal
16For Colored Girls$6,0761115%11190$55$37,693,67811Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Jan. 14 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Somewhere (2010)$66,796292%5336$1,260$798,6134Focus
2127 Hours$44,09448%76-12$580$10,954,67911Fox Searchlight
3Hubble 3D$36,99339%480$771$20,505,91744Warner Bros. / IMAX
4I Love You Phillip Morris$33,66938%95-5$354$1,561,6917Roadside Attractions
5No One Killed Jessica$24,055169%45-3$535$297,1432UTV Communications
6Fair Game (2010)$14,31947%79-24$181$9,290,07211Summit
7Faster (2010)$10,337121%77-2$134$22,970,4828CBS Films
8The Warrior's Way$5,574191%7745$72$5,618,3767Relativity Media
9Jackass 3D$3,772-21%22-48$171$117,212,41714Paramount
10Paranormal Activity 2$3,55520%40-50$89$84,737,74013Paramount
11Every Day$3,500--3--$1,167$3,5001Image Entertainment
12Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$2,491-40%41-54$61$55,657,12717Warner Bros.
13Summer Wars$2,056-28%9-5$228$48,5514GKIDS
14Winter's Bone$1,293183%71$185$6,258,31932Roadside Attractions
15Tees Maar Khan$112-78%4-34$28$1,076,0854UTV Communications