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 Fri, Mar. 1 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Mar. 1 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jack the Giant Slayer$7,693,563--3,525--$2,183$7,693,5631Warner Bros. / New Line
221 And Over$3,349,433--2,771--$1,209$3,349,4331Relativity Media
3The Last Exorcism Part II$3,249,542--2,700--$1,204$3,249,5421CBS Films
4Identity Thief$2,729,350173%3,2308$845$100,456,4554Universal
5Snitch (2013)$2,120,045175%2,5110$844$18,830,3842Lionsgate / Summit
6Safe Haven$2,027,242186%2,951-272$687$52,820,7253Relativity Media
7Silver Linings Playbook$1,568,028169%1,836-176$854$111,147,66716Weinstein Company
8Escape From Planet Earth$1,296,636214%3,110-243$417$37,783,6863Weinstein Company
9A Good Day to Die Hard$1,193,16870%2,589-966$461$56,317,2093Fox
10Dark Skies$1,094,128203%2,3130$473$10,990,8152Weinstein / Dimension
11Warm Bodies$747,753170%1,930-714$387$60,107,4275Lionsgate / Summit
12Side Effects (2013)$467,01157%1,112-958$420$26,791,3204Open Road
13Beautiful Creatures (2013)$260,9656%1,075-1875$243$17,867,3993Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Mar. 1 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Life of Pi$560,018123%62654$895$115,203,03415Fox
2Argo$536,083165%985183$544$131,092,46821Warner Bros.
3Quartet$462,259212%725369$638$9,862,0498Weinstein Company
4Zero Dark Thirty$331,08491%722-475$459$92,605,16611Sony / Columbia
5Django Unchained$275,110129%983324$280$159,567,11710Weinstein Company
6Lincoln$236,81790%652-223$363$179,322,87317Disney / DreamWorks
7Les Miserables (2012)$147,84060%352-110$420$147,207,45010Universal
8Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$140,3232%601-824$233$53,678,2406Paramount
9Mama$102,81047%447-716$230$70,635,7607Universal
10Kai Po Che$72,023259%104-6$693$690,3512UTV Motion Pictures
11The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$63,25729%210-178$301$301,198,24912Warner Bros. / New Line
12Rise of The Guardians$59,204182%295-10$201$102,155,75415Paramount / DreamWorks
13Jack Reacher$56,157710%225125$250$79,548,57011Paramount
14Parental Guidance$53,392162%258-123$207$75,905,85310Fox
15Bless Me, Ultima$43,59538%183-80$238$1,122,5112Arenas Entertainment
16The Impossible$43,57361%151-122$289$18,206,40011Lionsgate / Summit
17The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$34,378120%180-43$191$292,219,30616Lionsgate / Summit
18Gangster Squad$25,62356%138-64$186$45,686,7888Warner Bros.
19A Haunted House$25,16226%169-133$149$39,965,7078Open Road
20The Guilt Trip$22,84156%133-53$172$37,040,52011Paramount
21Skyfall$21,098--101-83$209$304,242,80717Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Mar. 1 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Stoker$47,700--7--$6,814$47,7001Fox Searchlight
2The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$44,238--68--$651$44,2381Methinx Entertainment
3To the Arctic 3D$14,35580%520$276$11,430,18446Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Hyde Park on Hudson$13,70974%38-27$361$6,178,68413Focus
5Bullet to the Head$10,410151%86-19$121$9,423,8815Warner Bros.
6Broken City$8,86152%69-29$128$19,616,2847Fox
7Parker$7,070-43%51-161$139$17,424,9576FilmDistrict
8The Sweeney$6,198--11--$563$6,1981eOne Films US
9Born to Be Wild 3D$5,67390%300$189$22,067,101100Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Stand Up Guys$4,481-5%17-24$264$3,288,1655Lionsgate / Roadside
11Camp (2013)$2,459613%21$1,230$11,7742Freestyle Releasing
12Movie 43$2,02268%17-4$119$8,806,0016Relativity Media
13A Late Quartet$865-30%6-1$144$1,548,56418Entertainment One / RKO
14ABCD - Any Body Can Dance$144-82%2-7$72$221,1854UTV Motion Pictures
15Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$108--1--$108$95,72222Roadside Attractions