'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 Thu, Feb. 3 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Feb. 3 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1No Strings Attached$1,018,9184%3,0224$337$43,387,8712Paramount
2The King's Speech$943,22811%2,557877$369$75,815,19110Weinstein Company
3The Mechanic$762,6020%2,703--$282$14,710,2661CBS Films
4The Rite$752,158-3%2,985--$252$18,112,2231Warner Bros. / New Line
5The Green Hornet$647,568-4%3,524-60$184$81,122,3933Sony / Columbia
6True Grit (2010)$525,9116%3,120-344$169$150,262,4026Paramount
7Black Swan$458,3917%2,315-92$198$92,487,8579Fox Searchlight
8The Dilemma$377,5500%2,905-38$130$42,291,4703Universal
9The Fighter$328,030-1%1,914-361$171$79,562,5658Paramount
10TRON: Legacy$179,3712%1,505-513$119$167,394,2477Disney
12Yogi Bear$168,025-3%2,133-377$79$93,117,9477Warner Bros.
13Little Fockers$153,4250%2,051-928$75$145,302,3056Universal
14Country Strong$108,41511%1,287-154$84$19,200,1356Sony / Screen Gems
15Season of the Witch$63,539-2%1,110-1197$57$23,957,9294Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Feb. 3 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1127 Hours$201,5871%916847$220$14,330,44913Fox Searchlight
2Blue Valentine (2010)$111,6109%415173$269$6,482,4055Weinstein Company
3From Prada to Nada$64,47826%256--$252$1,348,5711Lionsgate / Pantelion
4The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$59,6593%732-403$82$102,030,9958Fox
5The Way Back$55,9302%595-83$94$2,390,8732Newmarket Films
6The Company Men$54,0273%211105$256$1,749,9662Weinstein Company
7Gulliver's Travels (2010)$51,3217%653-447$79$41,138,1146Fox
8Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$44,1259%465-260$95$292,387,83611Warner Bros.
9Megamind$33,43610%300-20$111$147,079,10413Paramount / DreamWorks
10The Social Network$33,318-2%367-18$91$96,153,34418Sony / Columbia
11Rabbit Hole$19,79028%12423$160$1,601,0187Lionsgate
12Unstoppable (2010)$16,99316%250-28$68$81,073,30412Fox
13Love and Other Drugs$8,300-6%117-29$71$32,303,46110Fox
14Red (2010)$6,74814%119-34$57$90,380,16216Summit
15Faster (2010)$5,5394%1148$49$23,192,26210CBS Films
16The Heart Specialist$4,43915%119-174$37$1,077,9703Freestyle

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Feb. 3 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Biutiful$41,7092%6258$673$784,4955Roadside Attractions
2Hubble 3D$20,37431%43--$474$21,110,62946Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Somewhere (2010)$12,2926%60-23$205$1,544,1536Focus
4I Love You Phillip Morris$4,92317%48-27$103$1,899,0669Roadside Attractions
5Dhobi Ghat (Mumbai Diaries)$4,3055%76-2$57$538,1732UTV Communications
6Winter's Bone$2,452-2%2719$91$6,318,79234Roadside Attractions
7Fair Game (2010)$2,384-8%40-32$60$9,421,29813Summit
8The Warrior's Way$8270%290$29$5,657,6149Relativity Media
9Summer Wars$63937%3-3$213$74,1396GKIDS
10No One Killed Jessica$77-68%8-20$10$440,5254UTV Communications