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, Dec. 9 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Dec. 9 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rise of The Guardians$3,197,263-35%3,639-33$879$61,774,1923Paramount / DreamWorks
2Skyfall$2,639,192-47%3,401-62$776$261,400,2815Sony / Columbia
3Life of Pi$2,395,988-35%2,94618$813$60,948,2933Fox
4The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$2,352,584-41%3,646-362$645$268,691,0294Lionsgate / Summit
5Lincoln$2,299,684-43%2,014-4$1,142$97,137,4475Disney / DreamWorks
6Wreck-It Ralph$1,387,574-41%2,746-341$505$164,402,9346Disney
7Playing For Keeps (2012)$1,274,004-46%2,837--$449$5,750,2881FilmDistrict
8Red Dawn (2012)$1,030,366-46%2,754-27$374$37,240,9203FilmDistrict
9Flight$800,350-44%2,431-172$329$86,202,5416Paramount
10Killing Them Softly$752,813-36%2,4240$311$11,830,6382Weinstein Company
11The Collection$410,987-31%1,4030$293$5,455,3282LD Entertainment
12End of Watch$219,191-29%1,2491225$175$39,989,76612Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Dec. 9 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$557,141-43%3710$1,502$13,964,4054Weinstein Company
2Anna Karenina (2012)$455,572-30%42238$1,080$6,603,0424Focus
3Argo$368,045-47%944-99$390$103,160,0159Warner Bros.
4Hitchcock$197,941-38%181131$1,094$1,661,6703Fox Searchlight
5Talaash$127,958-41%162-12$790$2,428,9192Reliance Entertainment
6Taken 2$95,071-46%430-66$221$137,700,30410Fox
7Pitch Perfect$63,855-55%387-16$165$63,517,40811Universal
8Cloud Atlas$58,842-14%191-3$308$26,452,9717Warner Bros.
9The Sessions$58,005-42%197-29$294$4,948,3428Fox Searchlight
10Looper$36,903-36%232-48$159$66,146,08011Sony / TriStar
11The Perks of Being A Wallflower$35,842-40%175-14$205$16,858,39312Lionsgate / Summit
12Here Comes the Boom$33,783-50%234-100$144$42,556,7709Sony / Columbia
13Alex Cross$30,032-42%214100$140$25,617,8978Lionsgate / Summit
14Hotel Transylvania$29,732-38%196-52$152$143,826,41211Sony / Columbia
15The Man With the Iron Fists$27,150-21%1817$150$15,522,0606Universal
16Seven Psychopaths$18,916-36%141-21$134$14,903,8859CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Dec. 9 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Polar Express (2012 re-issue)$32,079-40%171$1,887$314,7673Warner Bros.
2Hyde Park on Hudson$22,966-34%4--$5,742$81,3621Focus
3A Late Quartet$22,336-34%63-11$355$995,6426Entertainment One / RKO
4Ice Age: Continental Drift$16,991-43%90-12$189$160,953,22422Fox
5ParaNorman$13,105-26%81-23$162$55,925,77917Focus
6To the Arctic 3D$11,722-27%520$225$10,129,04334Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Hecho en Mexico$11,50422%2614$442$121,4722Lionsgate / Pantelion
8Sinister$9,906-36%77-11$129$47,823,8549Lionsgate / Summit
9Fun Size$9,346-26%80-36$117$9,402,4107Paramount
10Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$7,453-37%76-48$98$17,507,4397Open Road
11Born to Be Wild 3D$6,943-12%300$231$21,475,92288Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Chasing Mavericks$6,733-42%67-12$100$5,874,5707Fox
13House at the End of the Street$6,348-43%68-40$93$31,588,93212Relativity Media
14The Dark Knight Rises$5,856-48%62-18$94$448,130,64221Warner Bros.
15Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$5,796-32%47-5$123$48,984,79319Fox
16The Master$4,4200%230$192$15,895,73913Weinstein Company
17Trouble with the Curve$4,364-49%71-29$61$35,754,55512Warner Bros.
18Paranormal Activity 4$3,935-49%48-22$82$53,745,4148Paramount
19Arbitrage$3,926-41%25-10$157$7,877,44113Roadside Attractions
20The Rabbi's Cat$1,83831%1--$1,838$4,3011GKIDS
21This Must Be the Place$1,449-28%5-2$290$136,3396Weinstein Company
22The Intouchables$541-65%12-7$45$13,049,07829Weinstein Company
23Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$8252%2--$41$83,87610Roadside Attractions