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 Wed, Oct. 30 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Oct. 30 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$2,021,657-30%3,336--$606$39,781,7091Paramount
2Gravity$1,431,067-22%3,707-113$386$204,427,2444Warner Bros.
3Captain Phillips$874,028-26%3,143123$278$72,874,9653Sony / Columbia
4The Counselor$556,189-30%3,044--$183$9,844,0021Fox
5Carrie (2013)$459,863-22%3,1570$146$27,669,0382Sony / Screen Gems
6Escape Plan$370,077-30%2,8830$128$18,939,4822Lionsgate / Summit
7Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$234,288-21%3,111-491$75$101,635,2805Sony / Columbia
8Prisoners$92,310-27%1,347-813$69$59,440,1796Warner Bros.
9The Fifth Estate$72,443-17%1,7690$41$3,074,4182Disney / DreamWorks
10Insidious Chapter 2$51,521-10%1,229-436$42$82,298,7787FilmDistrict
11Machete Kills$49,835-8%1,253-1285$40$7,421,8663Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Oct. 30 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
112 Years a Slave$186,272-13%123104$1,514$3,989,6102Fox Searchlight
2Enough Said$150,461-20%83578$180$13,531,9516Fox Searchlight
3Rush (2013)$64,295-27%677-520$95$26,073,1546Universal
4We're the Millers$60,626-10%786-95$77$148,745,80112Warner Bros. / New Line
5Runner Runner$51,858-29%969-1042$54$19,000,9784Fox
6Don Jon$49,469-27%540-574$92$23,672,8705Relativity Media
7Baggage Claim$33,274-21%594-271$56$20,951,1165Fox Searchlight
8I'm in Love with a Church Girl$30,961-27%4581$68$1,827,7652High Top Releasing
9Lee Daniels' The Butler$29,103-26%444-158$66$114,837,96311Weinstein Company
10Despicable Me 2$20,845-15%379-16$55$364,320,66517Universal
11Pulling Strings$15,078-29%315-123$48$5,629,7164Lionsgate / Pantelion
12Instructions Not Included$14,923-25%301-174$50$44,010,2019Lionsgate / Pantelion
13Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$11,062-25%303-47$37$67,262,67012Fox
14The Family (2013)$10,510-15%218-265$48$36,518,1957Relativity Media
15The Wolverine$8,766-13%164-43$53$132,272,54814Fox
16Grace Unplugged$8,067-13%208-105$39$2,392,7544Roadside Attractions
17Riddick$6,245-20%156-97$40$42,018,8508Universal
18Turbo$3,608-12%108-41$33$82,742,37815Fox / DreamWorks Animation
19The Conjuring$2,9588%100-13$30$137,395,17415Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Oct. 30 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1All Is Lost$56,358-8%8276$687$820,8452Roadside Attractions
2Romeo and Juliet (2013)$6,028-42%91-370$66$1,092,8613Relativity Media
3The Heat$3,092-24%80-23$39$159,479,16118Fox
4Linsanity$2,836197%8-1$355$257,2744Ketchup Entertainment
5The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete$2,21721%49-98$45$493,0513Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
6The World's End$1,926-8%26-14$74$25,961,59610Focus
7The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$1,92356%149$137$36,1005Rialto Pictures
8In a World...$1,907-4%32-15$60$2,884,94812Roadside Attractions
9Long Shot: The Kevin Laue Story (2013 re-issue)$1,635-11%1--$1,635$11,5001Cinepix
10Fruitvale Station$1,576240%16-4$99$16,098,29816Weinstein Company
11Haute Cuisine$1,456-12%14-7$104$216,1966Weinstein Company
12Thanks for Sharing$1,268-56%11-3$115$1,064,3556Roadside Attractions
13We Are What We Are (2013)$1,0348%175$61$79,7325eOne Films US
14The Spectacular Now$803-21%24-30$33$6,833,34113A24