'Lucy' Surpasses the $50M Mark on TuesdayJuly 30, 2014 12:31 PM

by Daniel Garris

Universal's Lucy grossed $5.44 million on Tuesday to lead the daily box office for a fifth consecutive day. The modestly budgeted sci-fi action film starring Scarlett Johansson increased a respectable 10 percent over Monday's performance. In general, yesterday's daily percentage increases weren't as strong as usual for a Tuesday. Lucy surpassed the $50 million mark yesterday and has grossed a stronger than expected $54.31 million in five days. That places the film 22 percent ahead of the $44.51 million five-day take of 2010's Salt.

Hercules held steady in second place with $3.78 million. The Dwayne Johnson led 3D action-adventure film from Paramount and MGM was up 13 percent over Monday. Hercules continues to exceed its relatively modest pre-release expectations with a five-day start of $36.92 million. The film is currently running 5 percent behind the $38.97 million five-day take of 2012's Wrath of the Titans. With Disney's Guardians of the Galaxy arriving on Friday, it is especially important for Hercules to gross as much as it can this week.

Fox's Dawn of the Planet of the Apes took in $2.51 million to remain in third. The critically acclaimed 3D sci-fi action sequel was up 13 percent over Monday, but down 51 percent from last Tuesday. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes has clearly taken a bit of a hit this week from the stronger than expected performances of Lucy and Hercules. With that said the film continues to exceed expectations with an impressive $177.17 million in 19 days.

Universal's The Purge: Anarchy claimed fourth with $1.658 million. The low budget horror sequel increased 9 percent over Monday and fell 54 percent from last Tuesday. The Purge: Anarchy continues to perform well (especially with its price-tag in mind) and has now grossed $55.04 million in twelve days. That places the film 1 percent ahead of the $54.32 million twelve-day take of last year's The Purge.

Planes: Fire and Rescue rounded out the day's unchanged top five with $1.645 million. The modestly budgeted computer animated sequel from Disney was up 10 percent over Monday and down just 29 percent from last Tuesday. With a twelve-day take of $38.49 million, Planes: Fire and Rescue is currently running 20 percent behind the $48.36 million twelve-day gross of last year's Planes.

Daily Domestic Gross Sat, May. 25 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, May. 25 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fast & Furious 6$31,696,570-18%3,658--$8,665$70,434,0751Universal
2The Hangover Part III$14,627,6601%3,555--$4,115$40,915,0071Warner Bros.
3Star Trek Into Darkness$14,422,06644%3,90739$3,691$133,235,0292Paramount
5Iron Man 3$7,533,15446%3,424-813$2,200$360,762,0944Disney
6The Great Gatsby (2013)$5,099,55130%3,090-460$1,650$109,761,1283Warner Bros.
7The Croods$507,54888%1,008-1365$504$178,801,14310Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8Pain and Gain$247,24233%1,003-1426$247$48,347,6945Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, May. 25 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$784,74363%712-248$1,102$13,872,9005Roadside Attractions
242 (2013)$508,11469%915-1465$555$90,613,2437Warner Bros.
3Oblivion (2013)$320,60530%572-1505$560$87,031,9956Universal
4Oz: The Great and Powerful$255,16655%401-134$636$231,982,42312Disney
5G.I. Joe: Retaliation$169,81645%346-63$491$120,934,7939Paramount
6Tyler Perry Presents Peeples$128,19156%485-1556$264$8,686,6653Lionsgate
7Escape From Planet Earth$104,49985%346-347$302$55,864,38715Weinstein Company
8The Big Wedding$95,60468%265-1178$361$21,008,8205Lionsgate
9Identity Thief$83,21541%187-54$445$134,191,58516Universal
10The Place Beyond the Pines$66,30763%128-189$518$20,901,8049Focus
11Olympus Has Fallen$62,20960%209-257$298$97,619,42810FilmDistrict
12The Call$56,76134%166-63$342$51,501,09211Sony / TriStar
13Jack the Giant Slayer$43,30670%185-65$234$64,930,53113Warner Bros. / New Line
14Scary Movie 5$26,32424%171-337$154$31,350,5397Weinstein / Dimension
15Tyler Perry's Temptation$23,65963%131-19$181$51,914,4989Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, May. 25 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Kon-Tiki$67,57764%643$1,056$609,1755Weinstein Company
2Stories We Tell$56,66478%263$2,179$682,8523Roadside Attractions
3The Sapphires$29,42482%61-41$482$2,085,30110Weinstein Company
4Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$26,69165%3713$721$266,6734eOne Films US
5To the Arctic 3D$18,19921%520$350$12,603,95358Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Filly Brown$16,12463%29-10$556$2,800,4526Lionsgate / Pantelion
7Snitch (2013)$13,76259%93-60$148$42,895,33814Lionsgate / Summit
8We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks$11,05748%4--$2,764$18,5411Focus World
9Quartet$10,96954%30-12$366$18,228,04120Weinstein Company
10The Host (2013)$9,07920%59-172$154$26,604,0019Open Road
11Spring Breakers$8,75821%7059$125$14,072,46011A24
12Evil Dead$7,96618%58-150$137$54,105,0868Sony / TriStar
13From Up on Poppy Hill$7,51168%24-12$313$953,31511GKIDS
14Silver Linings Playbook$7,14351%35-96$204$132,065,28428Weinstein Company
15Born to Be Wild 3D$6,278-3%300$209$22,685,467112Warner Bros. / IMAX
17A Pig Across Paris (2013 re-issue)$4,46680%1--$4,466$6,9521Rialto Pictures
18Life of Pi$4,00943%26-25$154$124,882,08827Fox
19Not Today$3,792-7%5-1$758$192,9287Freestyle Releasing
20The Painting (2013)$3,772165%65$629$12,1623GKIDS
21Safe Haven$2,46220%36-54$68$71,343,64815Relativity Media
22Emperor$1,5352%81$192$3,331,41812Roadside Attractions
23Girl Rising$1,450113%6326$23$1,287,66512Gathr Films