'Lucy' Bags Strong $17.1 Million on Friday; 'Hercules' Takes $11.05 MillionJuly 26, 2014 03:50 AM

by Shawn Robbins

Universal reports that Lucy earned a strong $17.1 million on Friday, including Thursday night's $2.75 million early grosses. BoxOffice projects the film could net around $46 million for the weekend.

Making Lucy's debut even more impressive is the fact that its opening day handily topped that of 2010's Salt, starring Angelina Jolie, which took in $12.5 million on its way to a $36 million opening frame. There's no doubt that Scarlett Johansson's rising star power in the wake of her Marvel movie turns helped drive Lucy's success. Unfortunately, early word of mouth looks like a mixed bag with a 58 percent Flixster user score. Reviews are on the fresh/rotten bubble at Rotten Tomatoes as its score hovers at 60 percent this morning.

Meanwhile, Paramount's and MGM's Hercules bowed to $11.05 million on Friday for a projected weekend of $30 million. Star Dwayne Johnson is to thank for giving the film some needed moviegoer appeal, although the numbers are still modest in the grand scheme of things for a $100 million production budget (excluding marketing and distribution). Overseas performance will be the key in determining the film's theatrical profitability. Early word of mouth is also somewhat mixed at 69 percent on Flixster, while critics gave the film 63 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

Fox's Dawn of the Planet of the Apes added $4.7 million yesterday, off 55 percent from last Friday in the face of new competition, and should bring in around $16.5 million for its third frame. With $160.4 million in the domestic bank so far, the sequel is currently running 31 percent ahead of its 2011 predecessor at the same point in release.

The Purge: Anarchy slid 74 percent from opening day to $3.4 million on its second Friday. That's a slight improvement over its predecessor, however, which slid 82 percent on its second Friday. BoxOffice projects a $10 million sophomore weekend for Anarchy.

Planes: Fire and Rescue took in $2.76 million yesterday for a 57 percent decline from opening day last week. Look for a $9.5 million weekend for the Disney sequel.

Rob Reiner's And So It Goes posted $1.36 million on opening day from 1,762 locations. BoxOffice projects a $4 million weekend.

On the limited release front, popular comedian Gabriel Iglesias sent The Fluffy Movie to a $0.513 million opening day and a likely opening weekend around $1.275 million.

Daily Domestic Gross Wed, Jan. 22 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jan. 22 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ride Along$1,770,895-16%2,663--$665$52,501,0451Universal
2Lone Survivor$1,359,995-12%2,989114$455$79,639,0214Universal
3Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$1,029,374-20%3,387--$304$20,344,4591Paramount
4American Hustle$765,424-8%2,204-425$347$119,194,8986Sony / Columbia
5The Nut Job$725,363-17%3,427--$212$27,304,1431Open Road
6August: Osage County$687,889-8%2,0511146$335$20,829,7524Weinstein Company
7Frozen (2013)$675,281-10%2,979-260$227$338,125,3859Disney
8The Wolf of Wall Street$602,150-11%1,930-591$312$92,422,8274Paramount
9Her (2013)$341,114-7%1,7290$197$16,540,9135Warner Bros.
10Devil's Due$307,454-20%2,544--$121$9,835,9331Fox
11Saving Mr. Banks$305,372-11%2,449-222$125$76,762,7646Disney
12The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$247,274-23%1,815-1260$136$249,928,4686Warner Bros. / New Line
13The Legend Of Hercules$227,431-6%2,1040$108$15,600,0172Lionsgate / Summit
14Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$151,716-11%1,731-1281$88$122,832,0315Paramount
15The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$147,604-9%1,328-434$111$418,329,7569Lionsgate
16The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$90,936-12%1,037-1547$88$55,641,2764Fox
17Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$81,183-19%1,569-1314$52$31,716,6863Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jan. 22 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gravity$154,266-2%944789$163$259,029,27716Warner Bros.
212 Years a Slave$146,586-7%761647$193$41,377,45614Fox Searchlight
3Philomena$142,8492%505-102$283$24,595,3879Weinstein Company
4Nebraska$102,8706%408-113$252$10,061,55110Paramount Vantage
5Dallas Buyers Club$91,681-9%419294$219$18,231,45012Focus
6Inside Llewyn Davis$79,5492%585-144$136$11,397,0707CBS Films
7Captain Phillips$52,123-8%9030$58$105,877,21315Sony / Columbia
847 Ronin$37,730-37%343-1016$110$37,764,8604Universal
9The Book Thief$27,240-9%190-113$143$20,275,06911Fox
10Walking With Dinosaurs$15,257-17%454-885$34$34,436,3385Fox
11Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$15,094-19%256-8$59$118,586,34217Sony / Columbia
12Grudge Match$14,936-2%408-1597$37$29,120,4034Warner Bros.
13Last Vegas$13,2904%194-46$69$63,652,14512CBS Films
14Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$8,703-19%122-241$71$8,022,4558Weinstein Company
15Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$8,144-2%154-38$53$101,995,29513Paramount
16Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$6,548-12%391-649$17$52,270,3586Lionsgate
17Free Birds$6,103-17%199-33$31$55,335,73912Relativity Media
18Lee Daniels' The Butler$5,696-1%119-17$48$116,555,98723Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jan. 22 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Knights of Badassdom$6,108-67%13--$470$24,5690eOne Films US
2All Is Lost$4,83216%62-7$78$6,201,17814Roadside Attractions
3Out of the Furnace$4,617-6%9760$48$11,282,8717Relativity Media
4Contempt (2013 re-issue)$94823%2--$474$42,29520Rialto Pictures
5Indigo Children$110900%1--$110$2,0811Striped Entertainment
6Return to Nuke 'Em High: Volume 1$55-46%10$55$4,9462Anchor Bay Films