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 Thu, Sep. 26 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Sep. 26 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Prisoners$1,428,155-11%3,260--$438$27,683,9321Warner Bros.
2Insidious Chapter 2$594,4600%3,155106$188$62,797,3952FilmDistrict
3The Family (2013)$510,381-12%3,0910$165$28,022,1702Relativity Media
4Lee Daniels' The Butler$353,457-5%2,931-308$121$107,864,0696Weinstein Company
5We're the Millers$341,103-9%3,003-235$114$139,553,4527Warner Bros. / New Line
6Riddick$287,090-5%3,022-95$95$38,449,5653Universal
7Battle of the Year$174,909-5%2,008--$87$5,468,2921Sony / Screen Gems
8Elysium$123,873-9%1,392-328$89$91,349,0627Sony / TriStar
9Planes$122,809-8%2,446-293$50$86,922,1597Disney
10Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$73,622-2%1,473-165$50$64,578,7517Fox
11One Direction: This Is Us$58,93921%1,706-594$35$28,677,6784Sony / TriStar
12Despicable Me 2$55,220-8%1,004-2$55$360,981,82012Universal
13The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$48,6794%1,047-529$46$30,855,2195Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Sep. 26 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Wizard of Oz 3D$379,850-2%318--$1,194$4,523,8161Warner Bros.
2Instructions Not Included$268,792-3%97845$275$35,187,4884Lionsgate / Pantelion
3The World's End$65,470-5%833-410$79$25,502,5725Focus
42 Guns$56,505-12%752-156$75$74,716,4108Universal
5Thanks for Sharing$44,191-17%269--$164$738,5911Roadside Attractions
6The Spectacular Now$35,4701%571-199$62$6,541,7798A24
7The Conjuring$35,033-2%561-115$62$136,770,76310Warner Bros. / New Line
8The Wolverine$35,016-2%462-78$76$131,035,1739Fox
9The Grandmaster$24,298-11%473-232$51$6,400,5265Weinstein Company
10The Heat$22,367-4%310-26$72$158,765,52713Fox
11In a World...$19,849-2%1440$138$2,484,6577Roadside Attractions
12Salinger$19,045-10%138134$138$439,9923Weinstein Company
13Turbo$17,689-4%333-20$53$81,713,41210Fox / DreamWorks Animation
14The Way, Way Back$15,550-1%324-97$48$21,234,00412Fox Searchlight
15Pacific Rim$14,756-1%202-52$73$101,512,50311Warner Bros.
16Getaway$14,574-10%515-863$28$10,469,3834Warner Bros.
17You're Next$14,095-1%532-578$26$18,379,2145Lionsgate
18World War Z$12,777-7%203-77$63$202,190,72814Paramount
19Kick-Ass 2$10,100-9%201-142$50$28,795,9856Universal
20Jobs$8,859-3%152-87$58$16,090,0596Open Road
21Red 2$8,6992%178-31$49$52,804,87710Lionsgate / Summit
22The Ultimate Life$8,44210%184-228$46$1,294,2153High Top Releasing
23Fruitvale Station$7,03111%103-34$68$15,987,33811Weinstein Company
24R.I.P.D.$6,79512%151-13$45$33,618,85510Universal
25Now You See Me$6,3320%133-38$48$117,723,98917Lionsgate / Summit
26Closed Circuit$4,1678%105-308$40$5,750,9954Focus

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Sep. 26 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Enough Said$20,000-3%40$5,000$367,4791Fox Searchlight
2Rush (2013)$16,099-18%5--$3,220$260,9091Universal
3Paranoia$6,543-3%8817$74$7,356,8756Relativity Media
4Populaire$3,12111%205$156$117,1033Weinstein Company
5C.O.G.$2,9925%20--$150$44,2531Screen Media / Focus World
6Haute Cuisine$2,13810%3--$713$23,1031Weinstein Company
7Unfinished Song$2,0724%236$90$1,687,72914Weinstein Company
8Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$1,477-65%184$82$4,314,78316Roadside Attractions
9Chennai Express$1,15841%20-10$58$5,298,3417UTV Motion Pictures
10Antoine and Antoinette (2013 re-issue)$87133%1--$871$1,5270Rialto Pictures
11Satyagraha$27461%9-26$30$737,8764UTV Motion Pictures
12Jayne Mansfield's Car$16031%6-5$27$14,8362Anchor Bay Films
13Savannah$13511%4-2$34$37,2405Ketchup Entertainment
14Stories We Tell$45-84%51$9$1,597,66720Roadside Attractions
15Passion$44-64%4-8$11$92,1814eOne Films US
16I Spit on Your Grave 2$41-67%1--$41$8101Anchor Bay Films