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 Tue, Dec. 4 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Dec. 4 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Skyfall$1,506,46134%3,463-63$435$248,219,2804Sony / Columbia
2The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$1,442,03719%4,008-62$360$257,255,3793Lionsgate / Summit
3Life of Pi$1,330,71050%2,9281$454$50,732,0102Fox
4Lincoln$1,316,73925%2,0180$652$85,934,5464Disney / DreamWorks
5Rise of The Guardians$777,40337%3,67219$212$50,179,0042Paramount / DreamWorks
6Killing Them Softly$703,54227%2,424--$290$8,070,7921Weinstein Company
7Red Dawn (2012)$507,65723%2,78156$183$32,191,7432FilmDistrict
8Flight$473,33131%2,603-35$182$82,301,2475Paramount
9Wreck-It Ralph$403,47331%3,087-172$131$158,897,0535Disney
10The Collection$236,3982%1,403--$168$3,572,3531LD Entertainment
11Argo$194,91733%1,043-212$187$101,332,1688Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Dec. 4 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$306,18231%3714$825$11,279,2673Weinstein Company
2Anna Karenina (2012)$272,78827%384318$710$4,593,9313Focus
3Talaash$120,24970%174--$691$1,828,9121Reliance Entertainment
4The Sessions$40,86130%226-289$181$4,654,4587Fox Searchlight
5Taken 2$40,39717%496-267$81$137,238,4739Fox
6Pitch Perfect$30,09016%403-89$75$63,155,34310Universal
7Cloud Atlas$27,73327%194-64$143$26,231,0706Warner Bros.
8The Perks of Being A Wallflower$19,78311%189-53$105$16,678,65111Lionsgate / Summit
9Seven Psychopaths$15,83664%16280$98$14,803,5648CBS Films
10The Man With the Iron Fists$15,57548%174-31$90$15,412,6155Universal
11Alex Cross$5,30026%114-30$46$25,494,7457Lionsgate / Summit
12Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$5,178-2%124-66$42$17,476,6116Open Road
13Trouble with the Curve$4,13946%100-40$41$35,728,03411Warner Bros.
14Ice Age: Continental Drift$3,56028%102-7$35$160,890,40121Fox
15ParaNorman$3,467-4%104-30$33$55,879,91016Focus
16House at the End of the Street$3,061-8%108-30$28$31,558,16711Relativity Media
17Fun Size$2,741-3%116-28$24$9,368,2216Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Dec. 4 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hitchcock$49,03432%5033$981$873,8502Fox Searchlight
2To the Arctic 3D$11,49176%520$221$10,069,33433Warner Bros. / IMAX
3A Late Quartet$11,15712%74-14$151$898,6135Entertainment One / RKO
4The Polar Express (2012 re-issue)$5,179357%161$324$183,1612Warner Bros.
5Born to Be Wild 3D$5,14745%300$172$21,440,94587Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Sinister$4,81821%88-39$55$47,778,6698Lionsgate / Summit
7Hecho en Mexico$4,690-13%12--$391$86,2231Lionsgate / Pantelion
8Chasing Mavericks$3,9128%7919$50$5,839,6206Fox
9End of Watch$3,37830%24-10$141$39,232,44011Open Road
10The Master$3,25929%23-2$142$15,879,01112Weinstein Company
11The Dark Knight Rises$3,2080%80-28$40$448,100,21620Warner Bros.
12Arbitrage$2,588-15%35-13$74$7,856,66912Roadside Attractions
13Paranormal Activity 4$2,4521%70-38$35$53,722,7787Paramount
14Silent Night$1,218-3%11--$111$12,2521Anchor Bay Films
15This Must Be the Place$1,00682%7-1$144$129,9565Weinstein Company
16Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$91253%52-7$18$48,965,06918Fox
17The Intouchables$5933%19-7$31$13,044,27128Weinstein Company