'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, Aug. 11 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Aug. 11 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Help$4,333,909-22%2,511--$1,726$9,873,8260Disney / DreamWorks
2Rise of the Planet of the Apes$4,329,199-12%3,648--$1,187$77,375,9191Fox
3The Smurfs$2,474,724-17%3,3950$729$88,045,6602Sony / Columbia
4Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$1,522,004-8%3,175-970$479$350,085,9414Warner Bros.
5Captain America: The First Avenger$1,390,483-8%3,620-95$384$149,760,2063Paramount
6Cowboys & Aliens$1,332,670-9%3,7544$355$73,862,7102Universal
7Crazy, Stupid, Love$1,258,251-14%3,0200$417$48,472,2962Warner Bros.
8The Change-Up$1,150,635-14%2,913--$395$19,532,2051Universal
9Friends With Benefits$528,509-12%2,240-686$236$51,232,8823Sony / Screen Gems
10Horrible Bosses$488,315-14%2,025-485$241$107,564,6465Warner Bros. / New Line
11Transformers: Dark of the Moon$356,139-5%1,854-750$192$345,884,1686Paramount / DreamWorks
12Zookeeper$240,701-9%1,458-960$165$74,797,4355Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Aug. 11 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cars 2$153,750-10%773-990$199$185,536,6567Disney
2Winnie the Pooh$96,734-9%615-1017$157$24,908,0644Disney
3Kung Fu Panda 2$89,022-9%290-29$307$163,082,53111Paramount / DreamWorks
5Mr. Popper's Penguins$68,8820%327-85$211$65,707,4358Fox
6X-Men: First Class$50,2618%235-19$214$145,500,73710Fox
7The Hangover Part II$37,844-9%303-43$125$253,759,62811Warner Bros.
8Bad Teacher$37,494-6%314-451$119$97,697,5947Sony / Columbia
9The Tree of Life$34,254-9%170-26$201$12,313,59711Fox Searchlight
10Super 8$21,055-8%174-151$121$125,411,7859Paramount
11Monte Carlo$19,594-1%141-27$139$22,602,0766Fox
12Rio (2011)$19,593-8%139-35$141$143,408,67317Fox
13Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$19,115-18%11623$165$1,113,8094Fox Searchlight
16Larry Crowne$14,885-13%229-106$65$35,473,0156Universal
17Green Lantern$12,810-2%108-27$119$114,631,2018Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Aug. 11 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$73,138-8%490$1,493$11,085,02818Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Sarah's Key$51,045-16%6734$762$1,537,9293Weinstein Company
3The Devil's Double$20,495-11%3328$621$438,5312Lionsgate
4Another Earth$18,309-1%5535$333$534,6413Fox Searchlight
5Attack the Block$11,361-12%80$1,420$346,1362Sony / Screen Gems
6The Future$8,705-6%1817$484$170,8572Roadside Attractions
7Fast Five$7,740-6%86-39$90$209,837,67515Universal
8Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$5,940-23%88-73$68$14,988,1369Relativity Media
9Project Nim$3,50617%210$167$284,5885Roadside Attractions
10A Better Life$3,32717%74-34$45$1,680,5457Summit
11Gun Hill Road$3,084-18%3--$1,028$52,0271Motion Film Group
13Submarine$1,206-21%10-9$121$463,50610Weinstein Company
14Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$72811%3--$243$235,33047Collective Eye
15Everything Must Go$42038%80$53$2,701,35113Roadside Attractions
16The Conspirator$63-72%2--$32$11,532,59717Roadside Attractions
17Delhi Belly$58-81%6-1$10$1,532,5946UTV Communications