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. 13 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Aug. 13 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1We're the Millers$4,177,46018%3,260--$1,281$45,613,7561Warner Bros. / New Line
2Elysium$3,925,85215%3,284--$1,195$37,150,3661Sony / TriStar
3Planes$3,085,71024%3,702--$834$27,809,0311Disney
4Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$2,430,33930%3,031--$802$27,550,9781Fox
5The Smurfs 2$2,070,62258%3,8671$535$49,851,8572Sony / Columbia
62 Guns$1,589,65527%3,0283$525$51,484,3252Universal
7The Wolverine$1,276,74727%2,867-1057$445$114,294,1233Fox
8Despicable Me 2$1,221,45034%2,395-812$510$340,613,4206Universal
9The Conjuring$979,01113%2,650-465$369$122,519,5084Warner Bros. / New Line
10Grown Ups 2$616,95229%2,102-973$294$124,880,8505Sony / Columbia
11Turbo$485,55639%1,771-1214$274$75,956,9814Fox / DreamWorks Animation
12The Heat$314,40327%1,351-723$233$154,144,2257Fox
13Red 2$282,92923%1,574-1181$180$49,864,3674Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Aug. 13 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Pacific Rim$277,34922%980-823$283$97,284,2735Warner Bros.
2The Way, Way Back$253,87832%780-221$325$16,758,5256Fox Searchlight
3Chennai Express$250,30346%196--$1,277$2,837,9561UTV Motion Pictures
4Fruitvale Station$197,81416%828-258$239$13,822,4605Weinstein Company
5Monsters University$159,62128%405-474$394$260,455,5268Disney
6Man of Steel$129,20316%426122$303$288,923,0099Warner Bros.
7World War Z$122,02321%505-407$242$197,680,8808Paramount
8R.I.P.D.$69,31016%478-1225$145$32,099,1704Universal
9Star Trek Into Darkness$45,20711%256-44$177$226,887,10413Paramount
10Epic$31,22733%222-33$141$107,039,11212Fox
11Now You See Me$30,15047%143-63$211$115,800,85511Lionsgate / Summit
12The Croods$18,24327%142-20$128$186,887,61921Fox / DreamWorks Animation
13Fast & Furious 6$18,1650%191-39$95$238,322,95012Universal
14The Internship$16,1352%136-36$119$44,454,67210Fox
15The Great Gatsby (2013)$13,253-5%135-93$98$144,737,44814Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Aug. 13 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Spectacular Now$34,6562%1915$1,824$603,4362A24
2The To Do List$12,4111%86-499$144$3,472,0943CBS Films
3Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$10,25614%77-137$133$32,182,2956Lionsgate / Summit
4Unfinished Song$8,75334%53-15$165$1,525,2918Weinstein Company
5In a World...$8,526-1%3--$2,842$87,7101Roadside Attractions
6Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$7,361-3%53-5$139$4,184,27010Roadside Attractions
7Mud$4,0844%44-18$93$21,546,39316Roadside Attractions
8The Bling Ring$3,053-6%401$76$5,812,7499A24
9The Hangover Part III$2,929-8%46-57$64$112,192,75112Warner Bros.
10Stories We Tell$1,641111%10-7$164$1,572,16214Roadside Attractions
11Pain and Gain$1,4682%19-1$77$49,806,69216Paramount
12Girl Most Likely$1,0373%12-24$86$1,372,1054Roadside Attractions