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 Mon, Oct. 14 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Oct. 14 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gravity$6,201,076-49%3,66085$1,694$128,524,2512Warner Bros.
2Captain Phillips$3,583,153-47%3,020--$1,186$29,301,4671Sony / Columbia
3Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$3,065,231-27%3,874-127$791$80,676,6503Sony / Columbia
4Runner Runner$570,931-46%3,0260$189$14,730,1772Fox
5Prisoners$566,209-44%2,855-381$198$54,156,4804Warner Bros.
6Machete Kills$451,011-54%2,538--$178$4,288,1941Open Road
7Don Jon$373,264-42%1,996-426$187$20,543,8673Relativity Media
8Rush (2013)$372,750-44%2,130-178$175$22,595,6744Universal
9Insidious Chapter 2$320,234-53%2,156-451$149$78,837,7435FilmDistrict
10Baggage Claim$271,177-45%1,320-710$205$18,501,7173Fox Searchlight
11We're the Millers$144,421-46%1,150-456$126$146,669,62610Warner Bros. / New Line
12The Family (2013)$87,058-45%1,050-973$83$35,895,2525Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Oct. 14 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Enough Said$251,938-50%606169$416$8,414,7934Fox Searchlight
2Lee Daniels' The Butler$117,625-34%980-583$120$113,662,0689Weinstein Company
3Pulling Strings$112,264-79%42841$262$4,356,9502Lionsgate / Pantelion
4Instructions Not Included$111,080-73%711-147$156$42,827,5347Lionsgate / Pantelion
5Despicable Me 2$91,140-36%434-51$210$363,151,27015Universal
6Grace Unplugged$69,828-55%502-9$139$1,818,4842Roadside Attractions
7Romeo and Juliet (2013)$67,019-48%461--$145$587,1351Relativity Media
8Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$66,314-33%404-109$164$66,541,91610Fox
9The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete$39,438-42%147--$268$293,7171Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
10Riddick$38,685-47%430-365$90$41,697,1056Universal
11The Wolverine$25,646-47%227-14$113$131,870,58012Fox
12Turbo$25,141-45%187-35$134$82,470,49513Fox / DreamWorks Animation
132 Guns$19,090-41%166-34$115$75,441,77511Universal
14Besharam$13,608-54%126-91$108$657,7802Reliance Entertainment
15Red 2$13,237-49%168-35$79$53,229,21613Lionsgate / Summit
16The Heat$10,835-54%139-43$78$159,290,23616Fox
17The Conjuring$7,754-52%145-57$53$137,282,21813Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Oct. 14 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Linsanity$9,975-32%167$623$194,3532Ketchup Entertainment
2You're Next$6,153-54%8742$71$18,480,4218Lionsgate
3Pacific Rim$5,890-40%52-40$113$101,791,37214Warner Bros.
4Haute Cuisine$5,485-31%30-30$183$158,5794Weinstein Company
5The World's End$5,441-29%73-58$75$25,908,3618Focus
6The Wizard of Oz 3D$5,396-50%50-196$108$5,498,5774Warner Bros.
7In a World...$4,987-62%54-24$92$2,785,76410Roadside Attractions
8The Way, Way Back$3,120-47%63-68$50$21,428,45615Fox Searchlight
9The Spectacular Now$3,094-41%33-25$94$6,781,00311A24
10We Are What We Are (2013)$2,638-45%135$203$50,1483eOne Films US
11Salinger$2,251-22%16-5$141$578,0266Weinstein Company
12The Grandmaster$1,910-26%16-19$119$6,587,3618Weinstein Company
13Fruitvale Station$1,498-57%41-35$37$16,074,42214Weinstein Company
14Thanks for Sharing$1,219-50%16-49$76$1,033,7004Roadside Attractions
15Populaire$1,031-21%21-37$49$167,9366Weinstein Company
16The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$138-76%21$69$18,9683Rialto Pictures
17Cassadaga$38-39%3--$13$1,7171Archstone Distribution