Grosses

'Lucy' Breaks Out with $43.9M; 'Hercules' Stronger than Expected with $29.8MJuly 28, 2014 12:34 PM

by Daniel Garris

Universal's Lucy exceeded expectations this weekend with a strong first place start of $43.89 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 $17.09 million on Friday (which included an estimated $2.75 million from evening shows on Thursday), decreased 12 percent on Saturday to take in $15.02 million and fell 22 percent on Sunday to gross $11.79 million. That placed the film's 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 second place take of $29.80 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 11 percent below the $33.46 million start of 2012's Wrath of the Titans.

Hercules grossed $11.06 million on Friday (which included an estimated $2.1 million from evening shows on Thursday), fell 7.5 percent on Saturday to take in $10.23 million and fell just 17 percent on Sunday to gross $8.52 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.69 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 13.4 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 a third place take of $16.77 million. The critically acclaimed 3D sci-fi action sequel was down 54 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 $172.46 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 65 percent in its second weekend to land in fourth with $10.48 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 $51.86 million, The Purge: Anarchy is now running essentially on par with the $51.96 million ten-day take of The Purge.

Planes: Fire and Rescue rounded out the weekend's top five with $9.53 million. The modestly budgeted computer animated sequel from Disney was down a significant 46 percent from last weekend. Planes: Fire and Rescue has grossed $35.35 million in ten days. That places the film 22 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 $4.64 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 decline 26.5 percent on Sunday to gross $1.39 million. That gave the film an impressive opening weekend to Friday ratio of 3.41 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 $2.69 million. The critically acclaimed thriller starring the late Philip Seymour Hoffman earned a healthy per-location average of $7,442 from 361 locations for the frame.

Meanwhile, Open Road's The Fluffy Movie was off to a lackluster start with $1.31 million from 432 locations. That gave the comedy concert film starring Gabriel Iglesias a modest per-location average of $3,036 for the frame.

Daily Domestic Gross Thu, Sep. 20 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Sep. 20 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Resident Evil: Retribution$1,036,402-8%3,012--$344$26,767,7271Sony / Screen Gems
2Finding Nemo 3D$686,571-4%2,904--$236$20,533,9751Disney
3Lawless$409,348-7%3,063-75$134$32,190,9193Weinstein Company
4The Possession$319,0512%2,86026$112$42,649,6273Lionsgate
5The Expendables 2$257,8121%2,896-364$89$81,561,9525Lionsgate
6The Words$241,775-5%2,8010$86$10,244,5712CBS Films
7The Bourne Legacy$217,1350%2,170-596$100$108,792,7006Universal
8The Campaign$203,4460%2,002-540$102$83,781,0656Warner Bros.
9Hope Springs (2012)$187,940-1%1,946-491$97$61,298,1556Sony / Columbia
10The Dark Knight Rises$181,1221%1,581-406$115$441,857,8709Warner Bros.
11ParaNorman$153,3504%2,326-530$66$50,237,0985Focus
12The Odd Life of Timothy Green$144,3353%2,415-302$60$47,112,7385Disney
13Premium Rush$97,547-5%1,339-843$73$19,302,7644Sony / Columbia
14The Cold Light of Day$72,676-6%1,5110$48$3,631,8512Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Sep. 20 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Arbitrage$134,083-16%197--$681$2,668,5071Roadside Attractions
2Barfi!$53,268-5%132--$404$1,334,2681UTV Communications
3Ted (2012)$39,0650%411-104$95$217,594,24512Universal
4Indiana Jones and The Raiders of the Lost Ark: The IMAX Experience$38,30514%32255$119$2,980,1892Paramount
5Hit and Run$32,163-5%651-1159$49$13,470,8414Open Road
6The Intouchables$31,8445%180-14$177$12,071,55817Weinstein Company
7Beasts of the Southern Wild$27,720-7%212-57$131$10,779,22612Fox Searchlight
8For A Good Time, Call...$27,497-1%10751$257$937,0743Focus
9Ice Age: Continental Drift$24,942-4%541-222$46$158,021,17810Fox
10Moonrise Kingdom$23,9197%157-43$152$45,033,74417Focus
11Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$15,588-4%306-39$51$215,672,79215Paramount / DreamWorks
12Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$15,060-6%591-340$25$47,448,3997Fox
13Step Up Revolution$14,564-6%26870$54$34,819,5918Lionsgate / Summit
14The Watch$9,236-3%1383$67$34,179,6388Fox
15Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$7,7098%160-7$48$65,653,24212Lionsgate
16Magic Mike$6,331-1%115-87$55$113,689,43512Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Sep. 20 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Master$62,012-10%5--$12,402$1,055,8831Weinstein Company
2To the Arctic 3D$10,61515%520$204$8,573,60322Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$9,0037%80-34$113$46,221,67620Fox Searchlight
4Ruby Sparks$5,7395%70-6$82$2,458,4438Fox Searchlight
5Safety Not Guaranteed$4,3875%46-8$95$3,937,91515FilmDistrict
6The Apparition$3,29212%68-208$48$4,849,1074Warner Bros.
7Cosmopolis$2,331-20%31-14$75$754,9145Entertainment One Films
8Born to Be Wild 3D$2,240-14%330$68$20,864,43476Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Branded$2,1957%80-227$27$352,8692Roadside Attractions
1010 Years$1,764-2%3--$588$30,9151Anchor Bay Films
11The Oogieloves in The BIG Balloon Adventure$234100%8-273$29$1,065,9073Kenn Viselman Presents
12Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$195-15%7-15$28$3,369,2426ARC Entertainment
13Mugamoodi$124-25%3-14$41$99,5643UTV Communications