'Lucy' Surpasses the $50M Mark on TuesdayJuly 30, 2014 12:31 PM

by Daniel Garris

Universal's Lucy grossed $5.44 million on Tuesday to lead the daily box office for a fifth consecutive day. The modestly budgeted sci-fi action film starring Scarlett Johansson increased a respectable 10 percent over Monday's performance. In general, yesterday's daily percentage increases weren't as strong as usual for a Tuesday. Lucy surpassed the $50 million mark yesterday and has grossed a stronger than expected $54.31 million in five days. That places the film 22 percent ahead of the $44.51 million five-day take of 2010's Salt.

Hercules held steady in second place with $3.78 million. The Dwayne Johnson led 3D action-adventure film from Paramount and MGM was up 13 percent over Monday. Hercules continues to exceed its relatively modest pre-release expectations with a five-day start of $36.92 million. The film is currently running 5 percent behind the $38.97 million five-day take of 2012's Wrath of the Titans. With Disney's Guardians of the Galaxy arriving on Friday, it is especially important for Hercules to gross as much as it can this week.

Fox's Dawn of the Planet of the Apes took in $2.51 million to remain in third. The critically acclaimed 3D sci-fi action sequel was up 13 percent over Monday, but down 51 percent from last Tuesday. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes has clearly taken a bit of a hit this week from the stronger than expected performances of Lucy and Hercules. With that said the film continues to exceed expectations with an impressive $177.17 million in 19 days.

Universal's The Purge: Anarchy claimed fourth with $1.658 million. The low budget horror sequel increased 9 percent over Monday and fell 54 percent from last Tuesday. The Purge: Anarchy continues to perform well (especially with its price-tag in mind) and has now grossed $55.04 million in twelve days. That places the film 1 percent ahead of the $54.32 million twelve-day take of last year's The Purge.

Planes: Fire and Rescue rounded out the day's unchanged top five with $1.645 million. The modestly budgeted computer animated sequel from Disney was up 10 percent over Monday and down just 29 percent from last Tuesday. With a twelve-day take of $38.49 million, Planes: Fire and Rescue is currently running 20 percent behind the $48.36 million twelve-day gross of last year's Planes.

Daily Domestic Gross Thu, Feb. 6 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Feb. 6 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ride Along$701,9200%2,867108$245$95,722,5903Universal
2That Awkward Moment$610,7788%2,809--$217$11,308,0351Focus
3Lone Survivor$592,5150%3,285123$180$107,286,2866Universal
4Frozen (2013)$536,215-7%2,754-3$195$361,764,62611Disney
5Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$467,268-2%2,907-480$161$40,869,4153Paramount
6Labor Day (2013)$407,1655%2,584--$158$6,942,3961Paramount
7American Hustle$381,8614%2,216-88$172$135,017,0808Sony / Columbia
8The Wolf of Wall Street$335,6420%1,607-197$209$105,313,8246Paramount
9The Nut Job$325,688-13%3,4720$94$51,272,6643Open Road
10August: Osage County$310,14010%2,319-92$134$32,809,1206Weinstein Company
11I, Frankenstein$270,517-7%2,7530$98$16,007,2932Lionsgate
12Gravity$221,1599%1,132-128$195$264,802,80018Warner Bros.
1312 Years a Slave$167,6747%1,172-59$143$46,531,27416Fox Searchlight
14Dallas Buyers Club$123,0240%1,052-58$117$23,072,48614Focus
15Saving Mr. Banks$107,0207%1,075-585$100$81,454,2188Disney
16Devil's Due$63,152-8%1,290-1254$49$15,084,6853Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Feb. 6 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Nebraska$149,8589%875-93$171$14,240,06812Paramount Vantage
2Philomena$135,70513%56762$239$27,874,92211Weinstein Company
3Her (2013)$124,3962%803-522$155$21,732,8877Warner Bros.
4The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$110,2668%933-352$118$254,710,1788Warner Bros. / New Line
5The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$80,9244%822-229$98$421,750,78511Lionsgate
6The Legend Of Hercules$43,530-3%598-773$73$18,155,8074Lionsgate / Summit
7The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$32,26811%410-130$79$57,008,8296Fox
8Inside Llewyn Davis$30,4219%214-75$142$12,596,6349CBS Films
9Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$29,583-4%420-404$70$124,534,2657Paramount
10The Book Thief$25,96329%178-19$146$20,847,07213Fox
11Gimme Shelter (2014)$23,86118%347-38$69$1,280,1752Roadside Attractions
12Captain Phillips$19,8856%245-57$81$106,624,78117Sony / Columbia
1347 Ronin$14,005-5%174-65$80$38,362,4756Universal
14Walking With Dinosaurs$13,442-15%323-7$42$35,027,2157Fox
15Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$10,3544%220-22$47$119,151,92719Sony / Columbia
16Grudge Match$8,5190%241-3$35$29,376,7326Warner Bros.
17Last Vegas$8,28337%104-55$80$63,858,69014CBS Films
18Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$6,37115%16331$39$52,458,8448Lionsgate
19Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$6,061-11%150-377$40$32,316,3505Paramount
20Free Birds$3,5793%135-36$27$55,533,06714Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Feb. 6 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gloria (2014)$15,167-2%2926$523$304,7372Roadside Attractions
2Knights of Badassdom$7,759158%11-2$705$81,6272eOne Films US
3Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$7,32463%77-25$95$8,165,41010Weinstein Company
4At Middleton$2,586-26%20--$129$46,4951Anchor Bay / Freestyle
5All Is Lost$1,37510%25-5$55$6,249,98916Roadside Attractions
6Lee Daniels' The Butler$1,279-3%52-49$25$116,629,48825Weinstein Company
7Out of the Furnace$9787%36-38$27$11,330,8499Relativity Media
8Love Is in the Air$46328%6--$77$6,5331Focus World