'Lucy' Surpasses the $50M Mark on TuesdayJuly 30, 2014 12:31 PM

by Daniel Garris

Universal's Lucy grossed $5.44 million on Tuesday to lead the daily box office for a fifth consecutive day. The modestly budgeted sci-fi action film starring Scarlett Johansson increased a respectable 10 percent over Monday's performance. In general, yesterday's daily percentage increases weren't as strong as usual for a Tuesday. Lucy surpassed the $50 million mark yesterday and has grossed a stronger than expected $54.31 million in five days. That places the film 22 percent ahead of the $44.51 million five-day take of 2010's Salt.

Hercules held steady in second place with $3.78 million. The Dwayne Johnson led 3D action-adventure film from Paramount and MGM was up 13 percent over Monday. Hercules continues to exceed its relatively modest pre-release expectations with a five-day start of $36.92 million. The film is currently running 5 percent behind the $38.97 million five-day take of 2012's Wrath of the Titans. With Disney's Guardians of the Galaxy arriving on Friday, it is especially important for Hercules to gross as much as it can this week.

Fox's Dawn of the Planet of the Apes took in $2.51 million to remain in third. The critically acclaimed 3D sci-fi action sequel was up 13 percent over Monday, but down 51 percent from last Tuesday. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes has clearly taken a bit of a hit this week from the stronger than expected performances of Lucy and Hercules. With that said the film continues to exceed expectations with an impressive $177.17 million in 19 days.

Universal's The Purge: Anarchy claimed fourth with $1.658 million. The low budget horror sequel increased 9 percent over Monday and fell 54 percent from last Tuesday. The Purge: Anarchy continues to perform well (especially with its price-tag in mind) and has now grossed $55.04 million in twelve days. That places the film 1 percent ahead of the $54.32 million twelve-day take of last year's The Purge.

Planes: Fire and Rescue rounded out the day's unchanged top five with $1.645 million. The modestly budgeted computer animated sequel from Disney was up 10 percent over Monday and down just 29 percent from last Tuesday. With a twelve-day take of $38.49 million, Planes: Fire and Rescue is currently running 20 percent behind the $48.36 million twelve-day gross of last year's Planes.

Daily Domestic Gross Sat, Nov. 9 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Nov. 9 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Thor: The Dark World$32,078,0101%3,841--$8,351$63,977,2201Disney
2Free Birds$5,027,32296%3,7360$1,346$26,606,4572Relativity Media
3Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$4,812,94142%3,187-158$1,510$75,643,0593Paramount
4Last Vegas$4,791,15649%3,08217$1,555$30,433,5782CBS Films
5Ender's Game$4,435,83253%3,4070$1,302$41,093,3122Lionsgate / Summit
6Gravity$3,854,62568%2,720-304$1,417$228,863,8286Warner Bros.
712 Years a Slave$2,871,25155%1,144734$2,510$15,474,7224Fox Searchlight
8Captain Phillips$2,541,93460%2,646-375$961$89,310,7185Sony / Columbia
9About Time$1,925,98525%1,2001025$1,605$4,985,6932Universal
10Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$1,282,742119%1,836-594$699$109,045,1347Sony / Columbia
11Carrie (2013)$568,68848%1,512-740$376$33,718,3244Sony / Screen Gems
12Escape Plan$357,73162%1,049-917$341$22,940,8254Lionsgate / Summit
13The Counselor$342,87346%1,022-2022$335$15,622,6693Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Nov. 9 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1All Is Lost$488,20849%399269$1,224$2,482,6804Roadside Attractions
2Enough Said$296,78173%429-233$692$15,674,4698Fox Searchlight
3Despicable Me 2$220,10095%3101$710$365,212,55519Universal
4We're the Millers$122,91563%358-197$343$149,607,79714Warner Bros. / New Line
5Prisoners$81,22165%225-240$361$60,220,4038Warner Bros.
6Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$77,03392%216-35$357$67,657,29714Fox
7Elysium$68,71450%192154$358$92,696,93714Sony / TriStar
8Insidious Chapter 2$64,96452%229-324$284$83,016,7809FilmDistrict
9Machete Kills$63,04735%212-51$297$7,908,6175Open Road
10Lee Daniels' The Butler$62,76266%214-98$293$115,260,44613Weinstein Company
11Rush (2013)$55,76070%164-139$340$26,716,8548Universal
12Baggage Claim$49,20587%135-159$364$21,360,9397Fox Searchlight
13Grown Ups 2$39,91891%111-37$360$133,561,68718Sony / Columbia
14Diana$35,47340%10062$355$163,8602eOne Films US
15Runner Runner$17,05946%119-118$143$19,230,8676Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Nov. 9 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dallas Buyers Club$275,42161%3526$7,869$801,0002Focus
2The Book Thief$46,10380%4--$11,526$71,7681Fox
3Don Jon$43,79357%92-89$476$24,046,5657Relativity Media
4I'm in Love with a Church Girl$26,524103%74-169$358$2,149,4394High Top Releasing
5The Smurfs 2$24,826136%94-41$264$70,930,78915Sony / Columbia
6Turbo$24,220114%62-7$391$82,854,43717Fox / DreamWorks Animation
7The Wolverine$20,09172%77-42$261$132,411,30416Fox
8Pulling Strings$19,66292%76-33$259$5,762,5196Lionsgate / Pantelion
9Instructions Not Included$15,206104%52-84$292$44,180,96311Lionsgate / Pantelion
10The Family (2013)$10,18468%57-30$179$36,616,8909Relativity Media
11Grace Unplugged$7,73020%37-44$209$2,475,7676Roadside Attractions
12Reaching for the Moon$7,01883%2--$3,509$10,8611Wolfe Releasing
13Spinning Plates$5,76468%60$961$54,0893The Film Arcade
14In a World...$5,51276%18-4$306$2,923,37914Roadside Attractions
15The Heat$4,54830%28-14$162$159,529,68220Fox
16The World's End$2,80621%9-7$312$25,981,21812Focus
17The Spectacular Now$2,39151%12-6$199$6,844,80315A24
18Big Sur$1,66285%5-8$332$28,5792Ketchup Entertainment
19Long Shot: The Kevin Laue Story (2013 re-issue)$1,084-23%32$361$21,8303Cinepix
20The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$97019%3-2$323$52,1727Rialto Pictures
21Romeo and Juliet (2013)$948-79%21-1$45$1,123,9115Relativity Media
22Approved for Adoption$680-73%1--$680$3,1641GKIDS
23Linsanity$494-47%3-1$165$268,3196Ketchup Entertainment