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 Wed, Jun. 1 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jun. 1 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hangover Part II$6,293,188-17%3,615--$1,741$148,915,5091Warner Bros.
2Kung Fu Panda 2$2,974,339-14%3,925--$758$73,117,9741Paramount / DreamWorks
3Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$2,715,461-14%4,1649$652$169,490,2412Disney
4Bridesmaids$1,878,330-3%2,95821$635$93,159,2853Universal
5Thor$772,079-10%3,296-628$234$164,064,7164Paramount
6Fast Five$462,055-16%2,981-641$155$198,322,2905Universal
7Something Borrowed$197,349-9%1,440-1166$137$35,607,2794Warner Bros.
8Priest (2011)$191,215-5%1,918-946$100$28,140,3183Sony / Screen Gems
9Rio (2011)$148,4090%1,672-921$89$135,781,3707Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jun. 1 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jumping the Broom$126,315-12%939-533$135$34,937,0154Sony / TriStar
2Water for Elephants$103,942-7%794-1100$131$54,920,6396Fox
3Soul Surfer$38,1483%401-583$95$41,497,2088Sony / TriStar
4Source Code$33,211-4%299-78$111$53,581,8139Summit
5Rango$32,884-1%280-22$117$121,877,59813Paramount
6Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$27,190-2%359-553$76$52,450,9116Lionsgate
7Hanna$27,1009%216-63$125$39,636,4728Focus
8Everything Must Go$26,2153%161-84$163$2,228,7043Roadside Attractions
9HOP$20,8900%299-55$70$107,610,2509Universal
10Jane Eyre (2011)$19,611-6%143-65$137$10,744,36412Focus
11Scream 4$17,8919%26156$69$37,947,1197Weinstein Company
12Insidious$16,8214%186-315$90$52,800,7479FilmDistrict
13Win Win$15,84217%124-78$128$9,726,14211Fox Searchlight
14The Lincoln Lawyer$14,781-4%166-92$89$56,868,15911Lionsgate
15Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$14,334-11%214-39$67$52,182,39110Fox
16The Conspirator$12,342-24%137-132$90$11,229,0087Roadside Attractions
17The Beaver$9,444-22%109-59$87$814,1844Summit
18Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$6,843-8%203-439$34$9,487,0195Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jun. 1 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$61,208-1%47-3$1,302$6,072,4218Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Tree of Life$47,786-1%4--$11,947$589,8401Fox Searchlight
3Limitless$24,411-1%91-266$268$78,558,33411Relativity Media
4Hubble 3D$22,075-4%30-4$736$25,304,89463Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Arthur (2011)$5,827-9%77-160$76$32,963,2848Warner Bros.
635 and Ticking$1,30510%60$218$54,6442Image Entertainment
7The King's Speech$1,107-28%18-22$62$138,780,21127Weinstein Company
8Go For It!$865469%14-50$62$179,7563Lionsgate / Pantelion
9Kill the Irishman$661-15%10-2$66$1,170,42012Anchor Bay Films
10Biutiful$272-4%5--$54$5,100,03022Roadside Attractions
11The Music Never Stopped$15418%50$31$245,38211Roadside Attractions
12Dum Maaro Dum$138-19%6-5$23$563,4146Fox Searchlight
13Skateland$115-9%2-9$58$18,0783Freestyle Releasing