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 Wed, Oct. 19 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Oct. 19 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Footloose (2011)$1,033,148-19%3,549--$291$18,869,3671Paramount
2Real Steel$940,057-19%3,4400$273$54,885,2952Disney / DreamWorks
3The Ides of March$635,245-13%2,1990$289$23,673,6152Sony / Columbia
4The Thing (2011)$568,990-24%2,996--$190$10,470,0251Universal
5Moneyball$496,351-12%2,840-178$175$59,176,0274Sony / Columbia
650/50$412,553-17%2,391-88$173$25,579,9243Summit
7Dolphin Tale$388,365-1%3,286-192$118$59,702,5164Warner Bros.
8Courageous$275,982-14%1,21453$227$22,156,4873Sony / TriStar
9The Big Year$255,793-19%2,150--$119$4,064,3581Fox
10The Lion King 3D$201,790-5%1,970-297$102$91,143,2935Disney
11Dream House$162,555-6%2,172-492$75$18,884,0303Universal
12Contagion$157,143-3%1,684-566$93$72,467,5146Warner Bros.
13The Help$147,5742%1,267-797$116$165,323,78010Disney / DreamWorks
14Killer Elite$112,003-16%1,431-980$78$24,114,2614Open Road
15What's Your Number?$106,803-21%1,282-1729$83$13,297,1163Fox
16Abduction$105,237-11%1,707-884$62$26,098,8164Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Oct. 19 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Drive (2011)$113,986-11%703-627$162$32,468,3595FilmDistrict
2Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$27,801-3%330-77$84$380,316,65914Warner Bros.
3Captain America: The First Avenger$20,465-9%246-57$83$176,236,56713Paramount
4Rise of the Planet of the Apes$20,332-19%273-109$74$175,372,58511Fox
5The Debt$19,868-3%200-158$99$30,934,0477Focus
6Laugh at My Pain$19,275-10%188-60$103$7,426,9586CodeBlack Entertainment
7Crazy, Stupid, Love$14,817-14%162-60$91$83,389,91212Warner Bros.
8Cowboys & Aliens$13,605-7%2082$65$100,008,43612Universal
9Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$12,0665%311-54$39$38,073,2779Weinstein Company
10Warrior (2011)$7,8701%135-184$58$13,595,9636Lionsgate
11I Don't Know How She Does It$3,647-20%107-133$34$9,582,5415Weinstein Company
12Shark Night 3D$2,145-25%115-30$19$18,663,5157Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Oct. 19 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$18,389-5%49--$375$13,558,87628Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Sarah's Key$7,5134%86-27$87$6,994,74013Weinstein Company
3Machine Gun Preacher$7,452-16%43-50$173$436,4324Relativity Media
4Labios Rojos$5,724-22%67--$85$92,7971Lionsgate / Pantelion
5Horrible Bosses$4,971-15%85-57$58$117,500,54315Warner Bros. / New Line
6Munger Road$3,677-1%3223$115$186,7913Freestyle Releasing
7Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$2,9091%80-34$36$23,895,2648FilmDistrict
8Circumstance$2,8726%191$151$407,5488Roadside Attractions
9Seven Days in Utopia$2,7210%41-36$66$4,340,6877Visio Entertainment
10Our Idiot Brother$1,884-23%41-26$46$24,696,5968Weinstein Company
11Dirty Girl$1,248-13%101$125$42,6692Weinstein Company
12Apollo 18$1,168-53%18-28$65$17,544,7617Weinstein Company
13Texas Killing Fields$996-18%3--$332$12,2081Anchor Bay Films
14Margaret$86655%6-8$144$42,1463Fox Searchlight
15Thunder Soul$6654%12-25$55$141,3864Roadside Attractions
16The Future$602-33%0-15--$554,27012Roadside Attractions
17Project Nim$107102%4-2$27$400,06015Roadside Attractions