Grosses

'Lucy' Takes in Strong $61.3M in Seven Days; 'Hercules' Claims $41.6MAugust 01, 2014 12:35 PM

by Daniel Garris

Universal's Lucy took in $3.23 million on Thursday to lead the daily box office for a seventh consecutive and final day. The modestly budgeted sci-fi action film starring Scarlett Johansson did fall a significant 14 percent from Wednesday, as the film clearly took a hit from the strong Thursday evening launch of Disney's Guardians of the Galaxy. Lucy was the week's top film with a stronger than expected seven-day start of $61.29 million. While Lucy is showing early signs of front-loading thus far, the film's holding power won't be as important given the strength of its opening week performance.

Hercules held steady in second place with $2.12 million. The Dwayne Johnson led 3D action-adventure film from Paramount and MGM was down a sharp 19 percent from Wednesday. Clearly Hercules also took a big hit on Thursday from the arrival of Guardians of the Galaxy in the marketplace. While it didn't light the box office on fire this week, Hercules did exceed its relatively modest expectations with a seven-day start of $41.65 million. That placed the film in second for the week.

Fox's Dawn of the Planet of the Apes took in $1.61 million to remain in third. The 3D sci-fi action sequel fell 13 percent from Wednesday and 51 percent from last Thursday. Despite strong word of mouth, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes clearly took a hit this week from the stronger than expected performances of Lucy and Hercules. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes placed in third for the week with $24.94 million. That was down 53 percent from the previous frame and brings the film's three-week total to a strong $180.63 million.

Planes: Fire and Rescue claimed fourth place with $1.31 milllion. The modestly budgeted computer animated sequel from Disney was down only 4 percent from Wednesday, which represented the day's strongest daily percentage hold among wide releases. The film was down 35 percent from last Thursday. Planes: Fire and Rescue placed in fifth for the week with $15.35 million. That was down 40.5 percent from last week and brings the film's two-week total to $41.17 million.

Universal's The Purge: Anarchy rounded out the day's unchanged top five with $1.13 million. The low budget horror sequel fell 9 percent from Wednesday and a respectable 47 percent from last Thursday. The Purge: Anarchy claimed fourth place this week with $16.03 million. That was down 61 percent from the film's opening week performance and brings the film's two-week total to a very solid $57.41 million.

Daily Domestic Gross Tue, Aug. 6 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Aug. 6 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
12 Guns$3,145,7755%3,025--$1,040$33,199,6551Universal
2The Smurfs 2$3,082,92626%3,866--$797$32,646,1891Sony / Columbia
3The Wolverine$2,844,8445%3,9240$725$100,186,7222Fox
4Despicable Me 2$1,763,44013%3,207-269$550$329,730,4205Universal
5The Conjuring$1,748,2182%3,11593$561$111,422,2883Warner Bros. / New Line
6Grown Ups 2$1,168,7266%3,075-183$380$118,466,3794Sony / Columbia
7Turbo$1,066,90520%2,985-824$357$71,263,1163Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8Red 2$725,9087%2,755-261$263$46,462,9083Lionsgate / Summit
9Pacific Rim$702,2952%1,803-799$390$94,272,3914Warner Bros.
10The Heat$632,2994%2,074-310$305$150,707,2726Fox
11R.I.P.D.$366,5550%1,703-1147$215$31,214,7953Universal
12The Way, Way Back$350,6088%1,001115$350$14,228,7775Fox Searchlight
13Fruitvale Station$327,0986%1,08622$301$11,487,4404Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Aug. 6 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Monsters University$276,10311%879-591$314$259,089,8417Disney
2World War Z$266,342-4%912-528$292$196,424,7177Paramount
3The To Do List$95,770-14%585-6$164$3,302,1892CBS Films
4The Lone Ranger$92,9624%553-714$168$86,947,6095Disney
5Star Trek Into Darkness$78,6260%300120$262$226,379,25112Paramount
6Man of Steel$72,603-3%304-197$239$287,829,1068Warner Bros.
7Epic$49,52629%255-34$194$106,736,76111Fox
8Now You See Me$38,3386%206-9$186$115,550,63510Lionsgate / Summit
9Fast & Furious 6$32,2500%230-37$140$238,084,44011Universal
10The Croods$29,30723%162-32$181$186,704,29720Fox / DreamWorks Animation
11The Great Gatsby (2013)$28,8472%228-43$127$144,569,34413Warner Bros.
12Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$28,097-12%214-284$131$32,069,5925Lionsgate / Summit
13The Internship$26,5446%172-25$154$44,273,3019Fox
14The Purge$12,4950%132-25$95$64,448,6859Universal
15The Hangover Part III$6,3742%103-44$62$112,155,45911Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Aug. 6 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Spectacular Now$18,985-2%4--$4,746$235,7371A24
2Unfinished Song$12,8068%68-14$188$1,431,4077Weinstein Company
3Mud$9,35722%62-11$151$21,489,07715Roadside Attractions
4Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$7,60010%58-19$131$4,113,5809Roadside Attractions
5The Bling Ring$5,43510%395$139$5,783,7108A24
6Girl Most Likely$4,62814%36-191$129$1,355,3053Roadside Attractions
7Stories We Tell$1,8728%173$110$1,559,05913Roadside Attractions
8Kon-Tiki$1,61356%9-5$179$1,514,44215Weinstein Company
9Pain and Gain$1,3074%20-15$65$49,789,02215Paramount
10Copperhead$437-29%20$219$168,3506Brainstorm Media