Grosses

'Lucy' Takes in Strong $61.3M in Seven Days; 'Hercules' Claims $41.6MAugust 01, 2014 12:35 PM

by Daniel Garris

Universal's Lucy took in $3.23 million on Thursday to lead the daily box office for a seventh consecutive and final day. The modestly budgeted sci-fi action film starring Scarlett Johansson did fall a significant 14 percent from Wednesday, as the film clearly took a hit from the strong Thursday evening launch of Disney's Guardians of the Galaxy. Lucy was the week's top film with a stronger than expected seven-day start of $61.29 million. While Lucy is showing early signs of front-loading thus far, the film's holding power won't be as important given the strength of its opening week performance.

Hercules held steady in second place with $2.12 million. The Dwayne Johnson led 3D action-adventure film from Paramount and MGM was down a sharp 19 percent from Wednesday. Clearly Hercules also took a big hit on Thursday from the arrival of Guardians of the Galaxy in the marketplace. While it didn't light the box office on fire this week, Hercules did exceed its relatively modest expectations with a seven-day start of $41.65 million. That placed the film in second for the week.

Fox's Dawn of the Planet of the Apes took in $1.61 million to remain in third. The 3D sci-fi action sequel fell 13 percent from Wednesday and 51 percent from last Thursday. Despite strong word of mouth, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes clearly took a hit this week from the stronger than expected performances of Lucy and Hercules. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes placed in third for the week with $24.94 million. That was down 53 percent from the previous frame and brings the film's three-week total to a strong $180.63 million.

Planes: Fire and Rescue claimed fourth place with $1.31 milllion. The modestly budgeted computer animated sequel from Disney was down only 4 percent from Wednesday, which represented the day's strongest daily percentage hold among wide releases. The film was down 35 percent from last Thursday. Planes: Fire and Rescue placed in fifth for the week with $15.35 million. That was down 40.5 percent from last week and brings the film's two-week total to $41.17 million.

Universal's The Purge: Anarchy rounded out the day's unchanged top five with $1.13 million. The low budget horror sequel fell 9 percent from Wednesday and a respectable 47 percent from last Thursday. The Purge: Anarchy claimed fourth place this week with $16.03 million. That was down 61 percent from the film's opening week performance and brings the film's two-week total to a very solid $57.41 million.

Daily Domestic Gross Thu, Dec. 29 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Dec. 29 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$8,246,568-3%3,4480$2,392$102,984,2072Paramount
2Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$6,522,184-1%3,683-43$1,771$76,359,3352Fox
3Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$6,331,128-3%3,7030$1,710$110,022,3262Warner Bros.
4The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$4,144,753-1%2,9140$1,422$40,760,3041Sony / Columbia
5The Adventures of Tintin$4,115,772-1%3,0870$1,333$36,038,9871Paramount
6We Bought a Zoo$4,087,5011%3,117--$1,311$27,487,3171Fox
7War Horse$3,614,519-3%2,376--$1,521$26,029,0431Disney / DreamWorks
8New Year's Eve$1,768,4654%2,225-826$795$39,665,0503Warner Bros. / New Line
9The Darkest Hour$1,208,166-3%2,324--$520$8,974,7221Summit
10The Muppets$1,014,9430%1,536-323$661$79,867,2615Disney
11The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$762,4691%1,411-411$540$273,469,7966Lionsgate / Summit
12The Sitter$531,113-2%1,486-987$357$24,644,0613Fox
13Arthur Christmas$361,570-5%1,524-581$237$45,137,0675Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Dec. 29 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$825,6022%753-82$1,096$36,024,6466Fox Searchlight
2Hugo$745,3323%951-536$784$46,992,5925Paramount
3Young Adult$613,312-1%9871$621$9,969,1383Paramount
4The Artist$318,3115%167150$1,906$3,733,5745Weinstein Company
5Puss in Boots (2011)$278,5364%389-368$716$144,731,4289Paramount / DreamWorks
6My Week with Marilyn$241,1300%602358$401$8,010,3725Weinstein Company
7Happy Feet Two$153,0085%525-235$291$60,411,1656Warner Bros.
8J. Edgar$66,4395%4550$146$36,326,9817Warner Bros.
9Jack and Jill$63,8431%242-435$264$71,519,6217Sony / Columbia
10Dolphin Tale$61,0037%188-62$324$71,811,66614Warner Bros.
11Moneyball$59,6672%2420$247$74,756,44914Sony / Columbia
12Tower Heist$55,1852%283-135$195$76,480,9108Universal
13Courageous$46,005-1%1925$240$33,883,38913Sony / TriStar
14Immortals$38,2410%228-988$168$82,531,6297Relativity Media
15A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$34,0820%2450$139$34,796,5238Warner Bros. / New Line
16Footloose (2011)$32,75710%182-71$180$51,556,15611Paramount
17The Ides of March$22,7267%1454$157$40,741,90112Sony / Columbia
18In Time$22,6852%112-161$203$36,956,6259Fox
19Paranormal Activity 3$16,2655%124-82$131$103,939,69510Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Dec. 29 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$244,3146%5539$4,442$2,870,2903Focus
2Shame$57,3541%500$1,147$1,765,5834Fox Searchlight
3Born to Be Wild 3D$52,1835%490$1,065$15,058,27838Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$28,571-7%6--$4,762$202,2741Warner Bros.
5The Way$16,69513%27--$618$4,117,80212Producers Distribution Agency
6The Polar Express (2011 re-issue)$13,339-10%20-2$667$681,7315Warner Bros.
7Pariah (2011)$9,867-55%4--$2,467$31,6910Focus
8Margin Call$7,89217%30-91$263$5,222,72110Roadside Attractions
9Drive (2011)$5,5538%26-30$214$34,808,52915FilmDistrict
10In the Land of Blood and Honey$4,9562%3--$1,652$39,6631FilmDistrict
11Like Crazy$4,7032%30-70$157$3,358,4679Paramount Vantage
12The Three Musketeers (2011)$3,960-11%37-86$107$20,374,48410Summit
13Martha Marcy May Marlene$3,16821%15-24$211$2,900,62510Fox Searchlight
1450/50$2,51911%31-80$81$35,014,19213Summit
15Inni$21641%1--$216$117,0539Cinema Purgatorio