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 Mon, Mar. 19 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Mar. 19 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
121 Jump Street$3,607,564-64%3,121--$1,156$39,910,1761Sony / Columbia
2Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$1,451,065-77%3,76923$385$159,838,8403Universal
3John Carter$1,090,084-72%3,7490$291$54,317,3322Disney
4Project X (2012)$417,313-59%2,922-133$143$48,587,3183Warner Bros.
5Act of Valor$357,843-66%2,765-186$129$62,811,9094Relativity Media
6Safe House$239,845-66%1,920-224$125$120,449,7356Universal
7A Thousand Words$239,729-73%1,8955$127$12,225,4822Paramount
8Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$182,106-73%1,935-590$94$95,176,1126Warner Bros. / New Line
9The Vow$177,838-61%2,175-303$82$121,335,1966Sony / Screen Gems
10Silent House (2012)$176,069-66%2,1240$83$10,781,6132Open Road
11This Means War$172,476-63%1,660-289$104$50,714,0185Fox
12The Artist$106,934-63%1,155-350$93$42,215,30817Weinstein Company
13Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$97,067-70%1,016-500$96$32,828,3964Lionsgate
14Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$68,953-69%1,024-780$67$49,811,2295Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Mar. 19 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Casa de mi Padre$161,092-78%382--$422$2,448,3311Lionsgate / Pantelion
2Friends With Kids$114,457-71%640271$179$4,299,0002Roadside Attractions
3Jeff Who Lives at Home$82,592-66%254--$325$938,3011Paramount Vantage
4Wanderlust$52,350-62%698-522$75$16,796,4754Universal
5The Iron Lady$50,848-58%4569$112$28,666,60512Weinstein Company
6Hugo$46,296-69%38370$121$73,040,04917Paramount
7Chronicle$42,440-65%432-163$98$63,201,4917Fox
8The Descendants$30,668-59%347-170$88$82,026,71018Fox Searchlight
9Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$28,544-63%286-1$100$131,676,94514Fox
10Seeking Justice$26,646-66%231--$115$276,5581Anchor Bay Films
11Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$23,079-63%2290$101$208,805,88414Paramount
12Gone$22,083-57%476-668$46$11,381,7504Summit
13The Woman in Black$19,618-64%305-128$64$53,493,3847CBS Films
14We Bought a Zoo$16,614-58%188-40$88$74,925,38513Fox
15The Grey$16,454-63%21968$75$51,186,5168Open Road
16Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$13,227-73%156-102$85$43,127,9406Fox
17Big Miracle$11,800-67%236-2$50$19,804,2257Universal
18Red Tails$9,055-60%152-26$60$49,489,8209Fox
19Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$8,627-53%125-83$69$186,685,93114Warner Bros.
20One For the Money$6,734-60%11248$60$26,202,7938Lionsgate
21The Adventures of Tintin$5,514-77%123-30$45$77,569,55113Paramount
22Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$3,663-66%105-97$35$31,802,56613Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Mar. 19 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$35,790-72%6244$577$804,7262CBS Films
2Born to Be Wild 3D$15,455-52%400$386$17,276,63850Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Being Flynn$13,179-68%8876$150$279,7073Focus
4Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$9,709-65%86-23$113$24,113,82215Focus
5Undefeated$5,324-66%218$254$336,2125Weinstein Company
6The Devil Inside$4,169-65%7767$54$53,249,22411Paramount
7Albert Nobbs$4,018-60%483$84$2,850,3468Roadside Attractions
8Coriolanus$3,563-65%212$170$534,8469Weinstein Company
9W.E.$3,255-62%20-4$163$432,2227Weinstein Company
10My Week with Marilyn$3,188-57%50-70$64$14,558,13217Weinstein Company
11Joyful Noise$2,410-68%65-38$37$30,922,57710Warner Bros.
12Haywire$1,456-65%69-13$21$18,936,3149Relativity Media