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 Fri, Sep. 20 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Sep. 20 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Prisoners$6,974,348--3,260--$2,139$6,974,3481Warner Bros.
2Insidious Chapter 2$4,678,235290%3,155106$1,483$51,033,4952FilmDistrict
3The Family (2013)$2,112,962123%3,0910$684$20,753,4842Relativity Media
4Battle of the Year$1,423,145--2,008--$709$1,423,1451Sony / Screen Gems
5We're the Millers$1,348,243198%3,003-235$449$134,854,5407Warner Bros. / New Line
6Lee Daniels' The Butler$1,164,954128%2,931-308$397$103,313,0686Weinstein Company
7Riddick$1,012,37091%3,022-95$335$34,520,6603Universal
8Planes$545,882239%2,446-293$223$84,228,1757Disney
9Elysium$406,01695%1,392-328$292$89,729,7257Sony / TriStar
10Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$402,805336%1,473-165$273$62,874,6167Fox
11One Direction: This Is Us$306,120273%1,706-594$179$27,626,1104Sony / TriStar
12Despicable Me 2$286,140375%1,004-2$285$359,656,54012Universal
13The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$178,741104%1,047-529$171$30,183,2725Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Sep. 20 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Instructions Not Included$1,372,960350%97845$1,404$29,934,6854Lionsgate / Pantelion
2The Wizard of Oz 3D$754,761--318--$2,373$754,7611Warner Bros.
3The World's End$210,85273%833-410$253$24,718,1655Focus
42 Guns$191,760111%752-156$255$74,009,4258Universal
5Thanks for Sharing$168,999--269--$628$168,9991Roadside Attractions
6The Conjuring$129,543164%561-115$231$136,337,14110Warner Bros. / New Line
7The Wolverine$127,524173%462-78$276$130,554,3269Fox
8The Spectacular Now$111,30254%571-199$195$6,130,3688A24
9This Is The End$99,12329%527-806$188$100,874,48315Sony / Columbia
10Turbo$90,149277%333-20$271$81,319,48410Fox / DreamWorks Animation
11The Smurfs 2$87,363--596-97$147$69,138,0348Sony / Columbia
12The Heat$81,996204%310-26$265$158,482,12813Fox
13Grown Ups 2$69,782--258-36$270$131,151,08111Sony / Columbia
14The Grandmaster$65,45924%473-232$138$6,121,8765Weinstein Company
15In a World...$65,194158%1440$453$2,235,3917Roadside Attractions
16The Way, Way Back$62,446136%324-97$193$21,015,06412Fox Searchlight
17Getaway$60,04217%515-863$117$10,266,8704Warner Bros.
18You're Next$58,07037%532-578$109$18,176,9795Lionsgate
19Salinger$53,4561267%138134$387$229,3453Weinstein Company
20World War Z$51,57097%203-77$254$202,000,54114Paramount
21Pacific Rim$46,616144%202-52$231$101,323,92211Warner Bros.
22The Ultimate Life$31,69333%184-228$172$1,196,6053High Top Releasing
23Red 2$31,657186%178-31$178$52,704,71110Lionsgate / Summit
24Kick-Ass 2$28,14526%201-142$140$28,679,3556Universal
25R.I.P.D.$26,425192%151-13$175$33,518,42510Universal
26Jobs$25,08032%152-87$165$15,987,3556Open Road
27Now You See Me$23,955121%133-38$180$117,641,70417Lionsgate / Summit
28Fruitvale Station$12,08017%103-34$117$15,930,76011Weinstein Company
29Closed Circuit$10,603-57%105-308$101$5,707,5644Focus

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Sep. 20 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rush (2013)$65,571--5--$13,114$65,5711Universal
2Enough Said$62,752141%4--$15,688$116,4861Fox Searchlight
3Paranoia$21,017527%8817$239$7,289,2976Relativity Media
4C.O.G.$11,364--20--$568$11,3641Screen Media / Focus World
5Populaire$7,79175%205$390$86,1563Weinstein Company
6Chennai Express$6,626344%20-10$331$5,279,6267UTV Motion Pictures
7Haute Cuisine$4,096--3--$1,365$4,0961Weinstein Company
8Unfinished Song$3,791113%236$165$1,672,61114Weinstein Company
9Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$2,44987%184$136$4,297,19016Roadside Attractions
10Afternoon Delight$1,592--12-27$133$171,0364The Film Arcade
11Satyagraha$1,363-24%9-26$151$732,8304UTV Motion Pictures
12Passion$76813%4-8$192$90,0764eOne Films US
13Jayne Mansfield's Car$558-28%6-5$93$12,9752Anchor Bay Films
14Savannah$363-21%4-2$91$35,9145Ketchup Entertainment
15I Spit on Your Grave 2$204--1--$204$2041Anchor Bay Films
16Stories We Tell$198321%51$40$1,596,22420Roadside Attractions