'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 Mon, Dec. 2 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Dec. 2 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$3,402,550-76%4,1630$817$299,698,2072Lionsgate
2Frozen (2013)$2,504,648-84%3,7423741$669$96,437,8742Disney
3Thor: The Dark World$531,201-75%3,286-427$162$187,236,2874Disney
4Homefront$503,072-68%2,570--$196$10,243,4911Open Road
5The Best Man Holiday$411,225-72%1,717-324$240$63,499,7003Universal
6Delivery Man$370,330-72%3,0360$122$19,726,7132Disney / DreamWorks
7The Book Thief$350,296-67%1,2341164$284$8,215,2164Fox
8Last Vegas$166,745-68%1,854-1072$90$58,765,4175CBS Films
9Black Nativity$162,975-74%1,516--$108$4,942,6981Fox Searchlight
1012 Years a Slave$158,756-68%1,165-309$136$33,313,9987Fox Searchlight
11Gravity$136,290-71%1,016-829$134$249,835,3399Warner Bros.
12Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$104,949-65%1,503-1122$70$98,884,5786Paramount
13Free Birds$63,680-82%2,287-784$28$53,330,5895Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Dec. 2 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Philomena$297,245-67%835831$356$4,934,6642Weinstein Company
2Dallas Buyers Club$160,362-69%69630$230$10,376,0665Focus
3Oldboy (2013)$92,029-58%583--$158$1,374,6941FilmDistrict
4Ender's Game$61,568-72%843-1192$73$59,442,7985Lionsgate / Summit
5Captain Phillips$60,299-69%807-849$75$102,784,2548Sony / Columbia
6Nebraska$55,154-68%10274$541$1,534,4853Paramount Vantage
7About Time$24,665-69%331-719$75$14,688,3235Universal
8Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$23,670-73%707-414$33$115,057,47910Sony / Columbia
9All Is Lost$17,854-62%154-193$116$5,323,9997Roadside Attractions
10Despicable Me 2$14,785-78%271-24$55$366,947,26522Universal
11Prisoners$9,251-56%203-52$46$60,972,12911Warner Bros.
12Enough Said$7,350-71%121-112$61$17,202,22611Fox Searchlight
13We're the Millers$6,058-69%164-31$37$150,375,02917Warner Bros. / New Line
14Insidious Chapter 2$5,604-70%140-45$40$83,464,29612FilmDistrict
15The Family (2013)$4,838-63%1304$37$36,814,56412Relativity Media
16Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$4,680-79%163-22$29$68,244,08117Fox
17Escape Plan$3,283-68%141-126$23$24,559,0427Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Dec. 2 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$4,984-71%4--$1,246$89,2671Weinstein Company
2Lee Daniels' The Butler$4,556-47%71-53$64$115,645,73316Weinstein Company
3Instructions Not Included$3,445-81%68-12$51$44,410,86614Lionsgate / Pantelion
4The Counselor$2,596-64%78-51$33$16,859,4946Fox
5Gori Tere Pyaar Mein$2,286-80%56-56$41$328,1702Reliance Entertainment
6Don Jon$1,748-74%26-10$67$24,299,64110Relativity Media
7Romeo and Juliet (2013)$1,4652890%120$122$1,162,5548Relativity Media
8Runner Runner$566-55%23-15$25$19,313,0469Fox
9Linsanity$552207%3--$184$285,7999Ketchup Entertainment
10In a World...$392-71%5-4$78$2,962,93417Roadside Attractions
11Reaching for the Moon$375-70%43$94$44,2134Wolfe Releasing
12The World's End$335-69%60$56$26,003,48415Focus
13Contempt (2013 re-issue)$289-39%1--$289$33,52213Rialto Pictures
14Big Sur$44-48%21$22$34,8345Ketchup Entertainment