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 Tue, May. 1 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, May. 1 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Think Like a Man$1,342,5917%2,0150$666$63,066,0702Sony / Screen Gems
2The Five-Year Engagement$1,130,36037%2,936--$385$12,562,5051Universal
3The Lucky One (2012)$958,17740%3,17520$302$41,051,2452Warner Bros.
4The Hunger Games$864,19620%3,572-180$242$373,605,1396Lionsgate
5Safe (2012)$832,93429%2,266--$368$9,369,9771Lionsgate
6The Raven$705,62120%2,203--$320$8,582,9411Relativity Media
7The Pirates! Band of Misfits$605,20915%3,358--$180$12,268,0141Sony / Columbia
8The Cabin in the Woods$509,69324%2,639-172$193$35,704,3753Lionsgate
9Chimpanzee$477,89920%1,5674$305$19,796,0822Disneynature
10American Reunion$333,55541%2,154-879$155$54,042,3154Universal
1121 Jump Street$303,62524%1,820-607$167$132,486,4477Sony / Columbia
12The Three Stooges$276,61417%3,105-377$89$37,420,1433Fox
13Wrath of the Titans$194,03819%1,572-930$123$80,882,1685Warner Bros.
14Titanic 3D$184,73622%1,409-1106$131$56,616,7474Paramount
15Mirror Mirror$158,14410%2,017-921$78$59,171,9705Relativity Media
16Lockout$104,65622%1,259-1076$83$13,525,4203Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, May. 1 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bully (2012)$56,73828%2630$216$2,224,9495Weinstein Company
2Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$51,46442%335-111$154$7,865,4998CBS Films
3Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$48,56510%883-700$55$208,528,4659Universal
4Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$29,0414%401-43$72$101,940,38612Warner Bros. / New Line
5Act of Valor$18,99310%28556$67$69,717,79210Relativity Media
6Safe House$16,03017%229-72$70$125,885,58012Universal
7This Means War$14,15925%232-61$61$54,376,48911Fox
8A Thousand Words$11,25423%1691$67$18,091,4308Paramount
9Project X (2012)$8,1712%155-103$53$54,653,1989Warner Bros.
10Chronicle$6,55312%121-16$54$64,428,82413Fox
11Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$3,8716%111-24$35$132,998,20520Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, May. 1 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$37,18712%500$744$738,5542Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Born to Be Wild 3D$18,16232%342$534$18,528,66056Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$7,2641%67-39$108$1,096,7273Code Black Entertainment
4Jeff Who Lives at Home$6,7907%79-43$86$4,151,3057Paramount Vantage
5Blue Like Jazz$4,43917%46-80$97$559,9783Roadside Attractions
6The Artist$4,32313%50-36$86$44,219,00923Weinstein Company
7Friends With Kids$4,274115%53-30$81$7,161,2128Roadside Attractions
8Sound of My Voice$3,79611%5--$759$43,3431Fox Searchlight
9The Woman in Black$3,52838%63-27$56$54,328,36413CBS Films
10We Bought a Zoo$2,41643%52-14$46$75,590,81219Fox
11Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$2,2594%27-5$84$43,435,39812Fox
12Coriolanus$1,772-3%140$127$710,88715Weinstein Company
13Red Tails$1,76445%23-16$77$49,851,17515Fox
14Touchback$1,72116%28-41$61$186,5213Anchor Bay Films
15Casa de mi Padre$1,717-4%36-22$48$5,815,8197Lionsgate / Pantelion
16Silent House (2012)$1,16450%22-37$53$12,752,8348Open Road
17W.E.$1,136129%10-5$114$577,66013Weinstein Company
18Undefeated$1,04434%203$52$521,47611Weinstein Company
19Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$91418%39-42$23$34,878,17610Lionsgate
20Albert Nobbs$654101%161$41$3,010,25614Roadside Attractions