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 Wed, Sep. 4 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Sep. 4 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lee Daniels' The Butler$1,056,643-22%3,330220$317$81,871,4103Weinstein Company
2We're the Millers$828,484-21%3,4450$240$115,121,7154Warner Bros. / New Line
3Elysium$453,805-24%2,539-374$179$81,579,3554Sony / TriStar
4One Direction: This Is Us$385,552-36%2,735--$141$19,461,8761Sony / TriStar
5The World's End$359,810-22%1,5532$232$19,141,4132Focus
6The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$331,651-29%3,1180$106$25,325,5592Sony / Screen Gems
7You're Next$289,991-21%2,4370$119$15,067,3022Lionsgate
8Getaway$269,199-28%2,130--$126$6,250,4501Warner Bros.
9Planes$269,094-34%3,259-119$83$74,645,4244Disney
102 Guns$183,430-19%1,411-358$130$70,505,5205Universal
11Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$166,250-36%2,393-337$69$57,156,4224Fox
12Kick-Ass 2$140,005-32%1,646-1299$85$27,343,8153Universal
13Jobs$103,777-7%1,302-1079$80$15,021,7123Open Road
14Despicable Me 2$96,300-35%1,284-27$75$355,983,2509Universal
15World War Z$75,778-17%1,2471008$61$200,841,32511Paramount
16The Smurfs 2$68,189-43%1,366-486$50$67,173,3845Sony / Columbia
17Monsters University$64,594-35%1,889--$34$264,449,97511Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Sep. 4 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Instructions Not Included$590,797-14%348--$1,698$11,652,4561Lionsgate / Pantelion
2The Grandmaster$172,223-24%749742$230$3,777,3242Weinstein Company
3Closed Circuit$139,414-25%8708$160$3,954,2831Focus
4The Wolverine$105,664-23%988-461$107$128,565,9826Fox
5The Conjuring$93,218-11%903-452$103$134,381,6167Warner Bros. / New Line
6The Spectacular Now$90,049-4%38540$234$4,002,6295A24
7Star Trek Into Darkness$60,888-15%958814$64$228,628,93716Paramount
8Pacific Rim$46,609-19%401141$116$100,470,4168Warner Bros.
9The Way, Way Back$45,007-13%654352$69$19,903,0609Fox Searchlight
10The Heat$31,430-15%393-16$80$157,499,14010Fox
11Now You See Me$30,301-12%239-7$127$117,161,75214Lionsgate / Summit
12Turbo$27,434-30%438-32$63$80,153,7157Fox / DreamWorks Animation
13Grown Ups 2$26,845-15%471-149$57$130,246,9738Sony / Columbia
14Red 2$21,930-18%261-128$84$52,259,4257Lionsgate / Summit
15Fruitvale Station$19,9391%294-98$68$15,629,9068Weinstein Company
16Man of Steel$17,831-9%284-19$63$290,787,68312Warner Bros.
17Paranoia$13,551-18%392-2067$35$7,123,1163Relativity Media
18R.I.P.D.$12,670-13%1812$70$33,111,6957Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Sep. 4 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1In a World...$26,194-4%9116$288$1,359,5524Roadside Attractions
2Satyagraha$21,067-37%83--$254$555,0671UTV Motion Pictures
3Chennai Express$9,839-37%93-51$106$5,147,5874UTV Motion Pictures
4This Is The End$6,137-34%34--$181$96,939,98912Sony / Columbia
5Passion$5,22268%14--$373$50,8061eOne Films US
6Fast & Furious 6$2,065-13%59-39$35$238,677,79515Universal
7Epic$1,667-23%80-35$21$107,456,19215Fox
8The Croods$1,651-11%45-24$37$187,134,17424Fox / DreamWorks Animation
9The Servant (2013 re-issue)$82542%2--$413$34,8206Rialto Pictures
10Unfinished Song$71820%17-10$42$1,635,84811Weinstein Company
11Savannah$46610%5-9$93$26,4402Ketchup Entertainment
12Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$460-80%13-14$35$4,271,30613Roadside Attractions
13Inch'Allah$18910%20$95$461,3063eOne Films US
14Underdogs (2013)$16829%1-1$168$34,1993Freestyle Releasing
15The Last Flight of the Champion$106-47%15--$7$2,5261High Top Releasing
16Mud$76-51%6-10$13$21,588,28019Roadside Attractions