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, Jan. 25 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jan. 25 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ride Along$9,822,05555%2,75996$3,560$70,385,4752Universal
2Lone Survivor$5,865,51063%3,162173$1,855$90,484,1515Universal
3The Nut Job$5,821,019128%3,47245$1,677$36,329,2672Open Road
4Frozen (2013)$4,222,805107%2,757-222$1,532$345,045,03310Disney
5Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$4,189,64061%3,3870$1,237$28,152,7832Paramount
6I, Frankenstein$3,473,50321%2,753--$1,262$6,340,4751Lionsgate
7American Hustle$3,331,45371%2,304100$1,446$125,223,3907Sony / Columbia
8The Wolf of Wall Street$2,451,86866%1,804-126$1,359$96,959,1135Paramount
9August: Osage County$2,184,49252%2,411360$906$25,106,6715Weinstein Company
10Devil's Due$1,224,56935%2,5440$481$12,270,7062Fox
11Her (2013)$1,011,48554%1,325-404$763$18,558,4096Warner Bros.
12The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$1,001,289100%1,285-530$779$251,680,4887Warner Bros. / New Line
13Gravity$957,53394%1,260316$760$260,633,58417Warner Bros.
14Saving Mr. Banks$956,56564%1,660-789$576$78,616,0717Disney
15Dallas Buyers Club$912,59866%1,110691$822$19,791,53313Focus
1612 Years a Slave$908,22068%1,231470$738$42,977,38415Fox Searchlight
17The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$748,09688%1,051-277$712$419,627,70210Lionsgate
18The Legend Of Hercules$553,56880%1,371-733$404$16,674,1283Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Jan. 25 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Nebraska$682,30566%968560$705$11,261,36711Paramount Vantage
2Philomena$450,79561%5050$893$25,470,08410Weinstein Company
3Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$387,74360%824-907$471$123,615,8706Paramount
4The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$284,47560%540-497$527$56,196,5245Fox
5Gimme Shelter (2014)$280,64723%385--$729$509,6411Roadside Attractions
6Inside Llewyn Davis$237,93082%289-296$823$11,857,8828CBS Films
7Captain Phillips$142,44957%302-601$472$106,165,48216Sony / Columbia
8Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$136,81744%527-1042$260$32,029,4944Paramount
9Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$131,590132%242-14$544$118,790,45218Sony / Columbia
10Walking With Dinosaurs$114,797150%330-124$348$34,610,5946Fox
1147 Ronin$113,52553%239-104$475$37,990,1155Universal
12The Book Thief$92,51350%1977$470$20,457,30812Fox
13Free Birds$44,781142%171-28$262$55,404,30113Relativity Media
14Grudge Match$42,69140%244-164$175$29,207,8325Warner Bros.
15Last Vegas$38,15762%159-35$240$63,727,38813CBS Films
16Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$25,413103%132-259$193$52,315,5267Lionsgate
17Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$20,34772%102-20$199$8,063,6519Weinstein Company
18Lee Daniels' The Butler$16,37850%101-18$162$116,588,60724Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Jan. 25 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gloria (2014)$24,62875%3--$8,209$38,6721Roadside Attractions
2Out of the Furnace$9,24146%74-23$125$11,303,1678Relativity Media
3All Is Lost$7,19653%30-32$240$6,218,71815Roadside Attractions
4Knights of Badassdom$6,873-11%13--$529$43,8851eOne Films US