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, Mar. 7 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Mar. 7 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jack the Giant Slayer$1,290,409-16%3,525--$366$33,791,3691Warner Bros. / New Line
221 And Over$683,078-2%2,771--$247$11,783,9751Relativity Media
3Identity Thief$662,150-2%3,2308$205$110,210,8854Universal
4Snitch (2013)$516,841-4%2,5110$206$26,755,1272Lionsgate / Summit
5Safe Haven$500,6872%2,951-272$170$59,084,0973Relativity Media
6Silver Linings Playbook$404,532-7%1,836-176$220$117,004,34216Weinstein Company
7Escape From Planet Earth$360,826-3%3,110-243$116$44,625,1823Weinstein Company
8A Good Day to Die Hard$350,215-7%2,589-966$135$61,246,4013Fox
9The Last Exorcism Part II$265,416-2%2,700--$98$8,962,5991CBS Films
10Dark Skies$207,590-7%2,3130$90$14,310,1272Weinstein / Dimension
11Side Effects (2013)$145,968-7%1,112-958$131$28,701,6704Open Road
12Warm Bodies$138,377-8%1,930-714$72$62,559,3845Lionsgate / Summit
13Beautiful Creatures (2013)$66,461-7%1,075-1875$62$18,839,8853Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Mar. 7 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Quartet$200,946-1%725369$277$11,990,8318Weinstein Company
2Life of Pi$174,365-4%62654$279$117,788,15215Fox
3Argo$144,306-6%985183$147$133,272,55821Warner Bros.
4Django Unchained$97,2493%983324$99$160,668,45210Weinstein Company
5Zero Dark Thirty$88,904-12%722-475$123$93,954,55911Sony / Columbia
6Lincoln$80,821-5%652-223$124$180,403,93117Disney / DreamWorks
7Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$50,364-10%601-824$84$54,322,9176Paramount
8Les Miserables (2012)$47,520-4%352-110$135$147,828,76510Universal
9The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$22,9798%210-178$109$301,495,99712Warner Bros. / New Line
10Mama$20,115-9%447-716$45$70,964,1807Universal
11Jack Reacher$18,702-1%225125$83$79,757,46811Paramount
12Bless Me, Ultima$18,1175%183-80$99$1,330,7992Arenas Entertainment
13Rise of The Guardians$17,6945%295-10$60$102,454,92415Paramount / DreamWorks
14The Impossible$15,866-5%151-122$105$18,388,39111Lionsgate / Summit
15Parental Guidance$14,814-1%258-123$57$76,119,43910Fox
16Gangster Squad$11,8597%138-64$86$45,799,7568Warner Bros.
17The Guilt Trip$8,8855%133-53$67$37,134,21511Paramount
18Kai Po Che$8,198-26%104-6$79$918,9192UTV Motion Pictures
19The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$6,3935%180-43$36$292,324,73716Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Mar. 7 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Girl Rising$143,627--69--$2,082$143,6270Gathr Films
2Stoker$11,595-9%7--$1,656$214,4881Fox Searchlight
3To the Arctic 3D$10,588-6%520$204$11,519,40546Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Hyde Park on Hudson$7,139-26%38-27$188$6,251,21713Focus
5The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$5,349-17%68--$79$167,1751Methinx Entertainment
6Bullet to the Head$4,298-4%86-19$50$9,472,1625Warner Bros.
7Broken City$3,6601%69-29$53$19,655,4747Fox
8Born to Be Wild 3D$3,291-20%300$110$22,098,812100Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Parker$3,11324%51-161$61$17,453,9536FilmDistrict
10Stand Up Guys$2,64020%17-24$155$3,310,0315Lionsgate / Roadside
11Camp (2013)$1,49690%21$748$19,0812Freestyle Releasing
12The Sweeney$1,193-10%11--$108$25,5721eOne Films US
13Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$1,150--10$1,150$97,20222Roadside Attractions
14A Late Quartet$1,10646%6-1$184$1,554,69418Entertainment One / RKO
15Movie 43$411-2%17-4$24$8,810,6466Relativity Media