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 Sun, Nov. 4 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Nov. 4 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Wreck-It Ralph$14,232,730-33%3,752--$3,793$49,038,7121Disney
2Flight$6,109,512-43%1,884--$3,243$24,900,5661Paramount
3Argo$2,395,172-50%2,774-81$863$75,860,2404Warner Bros.
4The Man With the Iron Fists$1,849,320-39%1,868--$990$7,910,9801Universal
5Cloud Atlas$1,468,450-39%2,0135$729$18,391,7432Warner Bros.
6Taken 2$1,305,431-53%2,639-356$495$125,586,9295Fox
7Hotel Transylvania$1,195,628-43%2,922-354$409$137,477,4036Sony / Columbia
8Paranormal Activity 4$862,405-56%3,006-406$287$49,529,6823Paramount
9Here Comes the Boom$846,498-49%2,314-177$366$35,500,2234Sony / Columbia
10Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$810,079-44%2,9330$276$13,880,2702Open Road
11Pitch Perfect$668,390-53%1,502-497$445$55,633,7036Universal
12Fun Size$588,679-44%3,0162$195$7,454,5792Paramount
13Sinister$563,604-55%1,882-465$299$44,276,8204Lionsgate / Summit
14Alex Cross$441,702-53%1,648-893$268$23,086,3153Lionsgate / Summit
15Chasing Mavericks$320,216-42%2,03028$158$4,358,7522Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Nov. 4 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Perks of Being A Wallflower$291,447-48%622-114$469$13,059,2207Lionsgate / Summit
2Looper$288,784-49%696-493$415$63,661,8046Sony / TriStar
3Frankenweenie$226,200-35%857-881$264$33,339,9195Disney
4Seven Psychopaths$186,476-45%459-544$406$13,411,7504CBS Films
5ParaNorman$73,183-32%246-34$297$55,231,34012Focus
6The Dark Knight Rises$68,440-43%2910$235$447,521,14716Warner Bros.
7The Master$47,617-46%138-63$345$15,511,3948Weinstein Company
8End of Watch$43,504-39%158-132$275$38,853,1897Open Road
9Trouble with the Curve$42,570-46%286-134$149$34,963,1787Warner Bros.
10Ice Age: Continental Drift$38,259-37%157-35$244$160,420,83017Fox
11Arbitrage$29,226-52%116-9$252$7,537,2848Roadside Attractions
12The Expendables 2$28,721-39%173-5$166$84,855,31312Lionsgate
13The Campaign$26,557-42%188-34$141$86,744,50313Warner Bros.
14The Possession$25,984-42%15573$168$48,982,12710Lionsgate
15Resident Evil: Retribution$25,383-31%131-67$194$42,257,8758Sony / Screen Gems
16The Bourne Legacy$22,185-55%153-38$145$113,165,63513Universal
17House at the End of the Street$12,662-65%128-174$99$31,181,2777Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Nov. 4 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Sessions$124,934-43%6949$1,811$943,2303Fox Searchlight
2Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana$27,412-39%60--$457$95,3641UTV Communications
3To the Arctic 3D$23,819-26%520$458$9,532,32529Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$22,366-25%95-21$235$48,737,04714Fox
5A Late Quartet$22,148-30%9--$2,461$75,2791Entertainment One / RKO
6Born to Be Wild 3D$9,750-20%300$325$21,205,20583Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$9,556-39%70-77$137$3,286,3904Atlas Distribution
8The Intouchables$8,783-41%28-20$314$12,937,50424Weinstein Company
9Simon and the Oaks$7,592-48%13-1$584$119,0974The Film Arcade
10The Bay$4,896-43%23--$213$19,7471Roadside Attractions
11Won't Back Down$3,469-39%41-24$85$5,285,2076Fox
12This Must Be the Place$3,126-3%2--$1,563$7,7541Weinstein Company
13Lawless$2,732-52%35-61$78$37,365,76810Weinstein Company
14Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$1,747-43%40$437$69,6245Roadside Attractions
15War of the Buttons (2012)$1,231-19%6-2$205$45,6024Weinstein Company
16The Other Dream Team$924-48%5-9$185$128,9776The Film Arcade
17Vamps$2025%1--$202$5481Anchor Bay Films