Grosses

'Lucy' Breaks Out with $44.0M; 'Hercules' Stronger than Expected with $29.0MJuly 27, 2014 08:54 AM

by Daniel Garris

Universal's Lucy exceeded expectations this weekend with a strong estimated first place start of $44.0 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 $17.1 million on Friday (which included an estimated $2.75 million from evening shows on Thursday), decreased 12 percent on Saturday to take in $15.0 million and is estimated to fall 21 percent on Sunday to gross $11.9 million. That places the film's estimated 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 estimated second place take of $29.0 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 13 percent below the $33.46 million start of 2012's Wrath of the Titans.

Hercules grossed $11.08 million on Friday (which included an estimated $2.1 million from evening shows on Thursday), fell 8 percent on Saturday to take in $10.24 million and is estimated to fall 25 percent on Sunday to gross $7.68 million. That places the film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.62 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 13.8 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 an estimated third place take of $16.40 million. The critically acclaimed 3D sci-fi action sequel was down 55 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 $172.09 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 67 percent in its second weekend to land in fourth with an estimated $9.9 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 $51.28 million, The Purge: Anarchy is now running just 1 percent behind the $51.96 million ten-day take of The Purge.

Planes: Fire and Rescue rounded out the weekend's top five with an estimated $9.3 million. The modestly budgeted computer animated sequel from Disney was down a significant 47 percent from last weekend. Planes: Fire and Rescue has grossed $35.12 million in ten days. That places the film 22.5 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 an estimated $4.55 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 is estimated to decline 31 percent on Sunday to gross $1.30 million. That gives the film an estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio of 3.34 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 an estimated $2.72 million. The critically acclaimed thriller starring the late Philip Seymour Hoffman earned a healthy per-location average of $7,527 from 361 locations for the frame.

Open Road's The Fluffy Movie was off to a lackluster start with an estimated $1.31 million from 432 locations. That gave the comedy concert film starring Gabriel Iglesias a modest per-location average of $3,042 for the frame.

Daily Domestic Gross Thu, Oct. 31 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Oct. 31 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$1,776,627-12%3,336--$533$41,558,3361Paramount
2Gravity$1,638,76915%3,707-113$442$206,066,0134Warner Bros.
3Captain Phillips$1,175,54234%3,143123$374$74,050,5073Sony / Columbia
4Carrie (2013)$903,85097%3,1570$286$28,572,8882Sony / Screen Gems
5The Counselor$543,507-2%3,044--$179$10,387,5091Fox
6Escape Plan$380,2643%2,8830$132$19,319,7462Lionsgate / Summit
7Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$359,89754%3,111-491$116$101,995,1775Sony / Columbia
8Insidious Chapter 2$113,653121%1,229-436$92$82,412,4317FilmDistrict
9Prisoners$108,42817%1,347-813$80$59,548,6076Warner Bros.
10The Fifth Estate$80,51311%1,7690$46$3,154,9312Disney / DreamWorks
11Machete Kills$47,842-4%1,253-1285$38$7,469,7083Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Oct. 31 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Enough Said$191,72927%83578$230$13,723,6806Fox Searchlight
212 Years a Slave$170,714-8%123104$1,388$4,160,3242Fox Searchlight
3Rush (2013)$77,85521%677-520$115$26,151,0096Universal
4We're the Millers$62,4453%786-95$79$148,808,24612Warner Bros. / New Line
5Runner Runner$53,5453%969-1042$55$19,054,5234Fox
6Don Jon$45,712-8%540-574$85$23,718,5825Relativity Media
7Lee Daniels' The Butler$40,66140%444-158$92$114,878,62411Weinstein Company
8I'm in Love with a Church Girl$39,32227%4581$86$1,867,0872High Top Releasing
9Baggage Claim$32,647-2%594-271$55$20,983,7635Fox Searchlight
10Despicable Me 2$30,32045%379-16$80$364,350,98517Universal
11Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$18,07063%303-47$60$67,280,74012Fox
12Pulling Strings$14,535-4%315-123$46$5,644,2514Lionsgate / Pantelion
13Grace Unplugged$13,74770%208-105$66$2,406,5014Roadside Attractions
14The Family (2013)$13,25826%218-265$61$36,531,4537Relativity Media
15Instructions Not Included$12,554-16%301-174$42$44,022,7559Lionsgate / Pantelion
16The Wolverine$11,11227%164-43$68$132,283,66014Fox
17Riddick$6,2851%156-97$40$42,025,1358Universal
18Turbo$4,47724%108-41$41$82,746,85515Fox / DreamWorks Animation

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Oct. 31 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1All Is Lost$55,662-1%8276$679$876,5072Roadside Attractions
2Romeo and Juliet (2013)$5,055-16%91-370$56$1,097,9163Relativity Media
3The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$3,930104%149$281$40,0305Rialto Pictures
4The Heat$3,65918%80-23$46$159,482,82018Fox
5In a World...$2,43928%32-15$76$2,887,38712Roadside Attractions
6Haute Cuisine$1,68716%14-7$121$217,8836Weinstein Company
7We Are What We Are (2013)$1,64959%175$97$81,3815eOne Films US
8The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete$1,557-30%49-98$32$494,6083Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
9Thanks for Sharing$1,52620%11-3$139$1,065,8816Roadside Attractions
10The World's End$1,174-39%26-14$45$25,962,77010Focus
11Long Shot: The Kevin Laue Story (2013 re-issue)$1,143-30%1--$1,143$12,6431Cinepix
12The Spectacular Now$91414%24-30$38$6,834,25513A24
13Linsanity$854-70%8-1$107$258,1284Ketchup Entertainment
14Fruitvale Station$700-56%16-4$44$16,098,99816Weinstein Company