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 Fri, Jan. 17 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jan. 17 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ride Along$14,406,830--2,663--$5,410$14,406,8301Universal
2Lone Survivor$6,665,470135%2,989114$2,230$57,475,5914Universal
3Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$5,350,191--3,387--$1,580$5,350,1911Paramount
4The Nut Job$4,807,000--3,427--$1,403$4,807,0001Open Road
5Devil's Due$3,469,494--2,544--$1,364$3,469,4941Fox
6American Hustle$2,840,305126%2,204-425$1,289$108,671,4966Sony / Columbia
7Frozen (2013)$2,515,276206%2,979-260$844$323,146,6379Disney
8August: Osage County$2,092,634184%2,0511146$1,020$12,681,9044Weinstein Company
9The Wolf of Wall Street$2,037,79497%1,930-591$1,056$84,814,3924Paramount
10Her (2013)$1,158,124109%1,7290$670$12,157,5515Warner Bros.
11Saving Mr. Banks$1,098,51094%2,449-222$449$72,342,8076Disney
12The Legend Of Hercules$904,931116%2,1040$430$11,880,5822Lionsgate / Summit
13The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$894,22050%1,815-1260$493$245,714,0656Warner Bros. / New Line
14Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$655,94278%1,731-1281$379$120,587,2915Paramount
15The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$631,065121%1,328-434$475$415,630,8579Lionsgate
16Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$443,78153%1,569-1314$283$30,376,8893Paramount
17The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$371,86338%1,037-1547$359$54,167,6814Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Jan. 17 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gravity$465,403701%944789$493$256,876,07216Warner Bros.
212 Years a Slave$394,361596%761647$518$39,498,65914Fox Searchlight
3Philomena$348,75246%505-102$691$23,111,2369Weinstein Company
4Inside Llewyn Davis$274,22855%585-144$469$10,312,4897CBS Films
5Nebraska$244,32445%408-113$599$9,019,04110Paramount Vantage
6Dallas Buyers Club$237,752293%419294$567$17,109,76512Focus
7Captain Phillips$138,368119%903789$153$105,256,03015Sony / Columbia
847 Ronin$137,215-4%343-1016$400$37,288,0904Universal
9The Book Thief$66,57832%190-113$350$19,996,97811Fox
10Walking With Dinosaurs$63,7245%454-885$140$34,040,3705Fox
11Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$61,889273%256-8$242$118,196,43117Sony / Columbia
12Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$45,4938%391-649$116$52,097,2116Lionsgate
13Grudge Match$44,642-52%408-1597$109$28,948,7464Warner Bros.
14Last Vegas$35,42561%194-46$183$63,513,80012CBS Films
15Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$27,281-23%122-241$224$7,923,6678Weinstein Company
16Free Birds$23,331185%199-33$117$55,179,15112Relativity Media
17Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$23,21397%154-38$151$101,900,42213Paramount
18Lee Daniels' The Butler$19,15591%119-17$161$116,483,90623Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Jan. 17 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Out of the Furnace$12,101524%9760$125$11,234,5577Relativity Media
2All Is Lost$11,216110%62-7$181$6,147,35314Roadside Attractions
3Indigo Children$1,701--1--$1,701$1,7011Striped Entertainment
4Contempt (2013 re-issue)$1,511--2--$756$35,69720Rialto Pictures
5Return to Nuke 'Em High: Volume 1$352-30%10$352$4,4092Anchor Bay Films