'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 Sun, May. 8 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, May. 8 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
2Fast Five$9,026,830-29%3,66218$2,465$139,779,2852Universal
3Jumping the Broom$5,873,98013%2,035--$2,886$15,215,4871Sony / TriStar
4Something Borrowed$4,252,357-13%2,904--$1,464$13,945,3681Warner Bros.
5Rio (2011)$3,053,315-13%3,258-450$937$115,206,0694Fox
6Water for Elephants$2,170,197-3%2,614-206$830$42,083,2203Fox
7Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$1,620,1555%1,881-407$861$47,085,2183Lionsgate
8Soul Surfer$859,9561%1,781-229$483$36,886,2825Sony / TriStar
9Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$732,502-16%2,5050$292$6,876,2172Weinstein Company
10African Cats$448,27233%1,035-189$433$12,895,8843Disneynature
13Scream 4$147,020-51%1,333-888$110$36,920,1904Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, May. 8 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Source Code$355,750-33%930-715$383$50,944,9226Summit
3The Conspirator$195,824-25%457-240$428$9,792,9544Roadside Attractions
4Win Win$167,208-30%268-34$624$8,351,3738Fox Searchlight
6Jane Eyre (2011)$156,008-6%248-46$629$9,433,9449Focus
7The Lincoln Lawyer$147,602-24%440-279$335$55,547,6248Lionsgate
8Limitless$131,213-36%379-459$346$77,006,4178Relativity Media
10Arthur (2011)$65,292-24%355-896$184$32,245,3845Warner Bros.
11Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$62,986-37%339-164$186$51,289,7967Fox
12Battle: Los Angeles$56,192-28%229127$245$83,004,3899Sony / Columbia
13The Adjustment Bureau$44,910-70%215-62$209$62,057,09010Universal
15Your Highness$31,160-65%164-238$190$21,422,3455Universal
16Sucker Punch$30,311-25%210136$144$36,188,5177Warner Bros.
17Dylan Dog: Dead of Night$28,849-25%464-411$62$1,106,8682Omni Lab/Freestyle Releasing
18Just Go With It$25,085-32%133-66$189$102,941,38013Sony / Columbia
19Red Riding Hood$24,756-27%156-53$159$37,522,7489Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, May. 8 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$106,44914%59-10$1,804$4,252,3015Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Beaver$34,902-18%22--$1,586$107,5771Summit
3Hubble 3D$22,167-22%320$693$24,619,14060Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The King's Speech$19,025-14%90-95$211$138,647,69524Weinstein Company
5Beastly$12,114-29%76-50$159$27,812,32810CBS Films
6Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$10,968-28%52-17$211$37,860,85112Fox
7Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$10,649-32%57-52$187$73,000,94213Paramount
8Dum Maaro Dum$9,022-9%33-60$273$534,5743Fox Searchlight
9Hall Pass$8,630-35%67-49$129$45,045,03711Warner Bros. / New Line
10Kill the Irishman$7,594-36%23-7$330$1,108,8049Anchor Bay Films
11No Eres Tu, Soy Yo$7,37183%21-24$351$1,300,5135Lionsgate / Pantelion
12Unknown (2011)$5,665-25%49-52$116$63,677,73512Warner Bros.
13Cedar Rapids$5,412-43%22-4$246$6,827,58113Fox Searchlight
14The Company Men$3,356-14%3520$96$4,428,04316Weinstein Company
15Biutiful$2,291-11%16-6$143$5,071,44519Roadside Attractions
16Miral$1,128-20%5-5$226$366,7577Weinstein Company
17Passion Play$7441%2--$372$2,1001Image Entertainment
18Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$650-45%4--$163$143,88934Collective Eye
19The Music Never Stopped$597-24%73$85$236,8458Roadside Attractions
20Sympathy For Delicious$383-32%20$192$13,1142Maya Entertainment