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 Sat, Nov. 16 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Nov. 16 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Thor: The Dark World$16,761,42759%3,8410$4,364$135,797,0112Disney
2The Best Man Holiday$12,265,99515%2,024--$6,060$22,952,7151Universal
3Free Birds$3,925,184121%3,510-226$1,118$39,620,0713Relativity Media
4Last Vegas$3,908,07355%3,237155$1,207$44,514,4453CBS Films
5Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$3,392,63148%3,1903$1,064$88,209,7104Paramount
6Gravity$2,942,05872%2,560-160$1,149$238,931,3377Warner Bros.
7Ender's Game$2,781,20861%3,236-171$859$52,088,4853Lionsgate / Summit
8Captain Phillips$2,089,89363%2,626-20$796$96,488,7916Sony / Columbia
912 Years a Slave$2,085,39256%1,411267$1,478$23,672,6815Fox Searchlight
10About Time$1,491,02540%1,28080$1,165$10,665,4733Universal
11Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$979,832157%1,645-191$596$112,428,1918Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Nov. 16 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dallas Buyers Club$783,23756%184149$4,257$2,545,3673Focus
2All Is Lost$414,55553%48384$858$3,988,2045Roadside Attractions
3Carrie (2013)$259,29850%933-579$278$34,903,0705Sony / Screen Gems
4Enough Said$250,79581%393-36$638$16,472,0339Fox Searchlight
5Escape Plan$244,09560%687-362$355$23,970,3185Lionsgate / Summit
6Despicable Me 2$208,925108%305-5$685$365,835,24520Universal
7The Counselor$156,50547%481-541$325$16,494,8984Fox
8Prisoners$110,32056%355130$311$60,522,8949Warner Bros.
9We're the Millers$104,00760%303-55$343$149,973,82815Warner Bros. / New Line
10Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$75,294108%215-1$350$67,882,70815Fox
11Elysium$52,32957%181-11$289$92,915,94415Sony / TriStar
12Insidious Chapter 2$47,52367%167-62$285$83,166,30310FilmDistrict
13Rush (2013)$45,19560%131-33$345$26,882,0949Universal
14Lee Daniels' The Butler$44,86654%176-38$255$115,447,01414Weinstein Company
15Baggage Claim$31,18687%108-27$289$21,458,7228Fox Searchlight

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Nov. 16 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Book Thief$194,60392%2925$6,710$439,5852Fox
2Nebraska$59,74368%4--$14,936$95,2791Paramount Vantage
3I'm in Love with a Church Girl$56,10874%55-19$1,020$2,274,2975High Top Releasing
4Grown Ups 2$26,62085%91-20$293$133,654,87119Sony / Columbia
5Don Jon$26,41139%48-44$550$24,178,8958Relativity Media
6The Smurfs 2$22,841155%88-6$260$71,001,72216Sony / Columbia
7Diana$22,33334%83-17$269$282,1163eOne Films US
8Turbo$18,351145%53-9$346$82,917,41218Fox / DreamWorks Animation
9The Wolverine$18,21588%65-12$280$132,472,41017Fox
10Instructions Not Included$13,869113%47-5$295$44,228,63512Lionsgate / Pantelion
11Pulling Strings$11,77271%760$155$5,820,0387Lionsgate / Pantelion
12Runner Runner$10,16438%76-43$134$19,279,4677Fox
13The Family (2013)$5,71636%30-27$191$36,645,12210Relativity Media
14In a World...$5,54872%9-9$616$2,940,50315Roadside Attractions
15Grace Unplugged$5,20448%29-8$179$2,495,5287Roadside Attractions
16The Heat$4,54662%27-1$168$159,543,30621Fox
17Reaching for the Moon$3,98874%20$1,994$28,7882Wolfe Releasing
18Romeo and Juliet (2013)$3,311-40%298$114$1,141,1326Relativity Media
19The World's End$1,70245%8-1$213$25,988,81413Focus
20The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$1,64512%30$548$56,6088Rialto Pictures
21Long Shot: The Kevin Laue Story (2013 re-issue)$1,35990%2-1$680$27,7214Cinepix
22The Spectacular Now$486-10%8-4$61$6,849,72316A24
23Big Sur$266-25%1-4$266$33,4163Ketchup Entertainment