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, Feb. 28 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Feb. 28 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Identity Thief$998,4255%3,22257$310$97,727,1053Universal
2Snitch (2013)$771,322-2%2,511--$307$16,710,3391Lionsgate / Summit
3Safe Haven$709,8026%3,2230$220$50,793,4832Relativity Media
4A Good Day to Die Hard$700,405-3%3,5552$197$55,124,0412Fox
5Silver Linings Playbook$581,9853%2,012-190$289$109,579,63915Weinstein Company
6Escape From Planet Earth$413,086-1%3,35365$123$36,487,0502Weinstein Company
7Dark Skies$361,152-6%2,313--$156$9,896,6871Weinstein / Dimension
8Side Effects (2013)$297,9700%2,070-535$144$26,324,3093Open Road
9Warm Bodies$277,2034%2,644-253$105$59,359,6744Lionsgate / Summit
10Beautiful Creatures (2013)$246,1672%2,9500$83$17,606,4342Warner Bros.
11Zero Dark Thirty$173,038-1%1,197-330$145$92,274,08210Sony / Columbia
12Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$137,186-3%1,425-678$96$53,537,9175Paramount
13Mama$69,780-8%1,163-485$60$70,532,9506Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Feb. 28 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Life of Pi$251,285-3%572-75$439$114,643,01614Fox
2Argo$202,038-5%802-101$252$130,556,38520Warner Bros.
3Quartet$148,3206%35623$417$9,399,7907Weinstein Company
4Lincoln$124,62714%875-132$142$179,086,05616Disney / DreamWorks
5Django Unchained$120,0592%659-358$182$159,292,0079Weinstein Company
6Les Miserables (2012)$92,44514%462-214$200$147,059,6109Universal
7The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$49,18520%388-217$127$301,134,99211Warner Bros. / New Line
8Wreck-It Ralph$39,37617%402-104$98$186,816,70617Disney
9Bless Me, Ultima$31,4812%263--$120$1,078,9161Arenas Entertainment
10The Impossible$27,1274%273-149$99$18,162,82710Lionsgate / Summit
11Rise of The Guardians$21,0059%305-33$69$102,096,55014Paramount / DreamWorks
12Parental Guidance$20,4038%381-222$54$75,852,4619Fox
13Kai Po Che$20,085-17%110--$183$618,3281UTV Motion Pictures
14A Haunted House$19,9569%302-38$66$39,940,5457Open Road
15Gangster Squad$16,4223%202-8$81$45,661,1657Warner Bros.
16The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$15,6101%223-31$70$292,184,92815Lionsgate / Summit
17The Guilt Trip$14,6029%18698$79$37,017,67910Paramount
18Parker$12,3173%212-493$58$17,417,8875FilmDistrict
19Jack Reacher$6,93316%100-75$69$79,492,41310Paramount
20The Last Stand$6,08413%11460$53$12,050,2996Lionsgate
21Bullet to the Head$4,15412%105-365$40$9,413,4714Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Feb. 28 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$7,98720%520$154$11,415,82945Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Hyde Park on Hudson$7,869-17%65-21$121$6,164,97512Focus
3This is 40$6,24053%96-71$65$67,544,50510Universal
4Broken City$5,84210%98-35$60$19,607,4236Fox
5Stand Up Guys$4,741-11%41-78$116$3,283,6844Lionsgate / Roadside
6Anna Karenina (2012)$3,90611%28-23$140$12,816,36715Focus
7Born to Be Wild 3D$2,978-52%300$99$22,061,42899Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Hitchcock$2,282-25%162$143$5,974,15014Fox Searchlight
9Texas Chainsaw 3D$1,9135%44-52$43$34,341,9458Lionsgate
10A Late Quartet$1,244147%7-6$178$1,547,69917Entertainment One / RKO
11Movie 43$1,20450%21-14$57$8,803,9795Relativity Media
12The Sessions$1,154-53%160$72$5,978,98319Fox Searchlight
13ABCD - Any Body Can Dance$81562%9-13$91$221,0413UTV Motion Pictures
14Camp (2013)$345-13%1--$345$9,3151Freestyle Releasing
15Race 2$22116%5-6$44$1,579,9405UTV Motion Pictures