Grosses

'Lucy' Breaks Out with $43.9M; 'Hercules' Stronger than Expected with $29.8MJuly 28, 2014 12:34 PM

by Daniel Garris

Universal's Lucy exceeded expectations this weekend with a strong first place start of $43.89 million. The modestly budgeted sci-fi action film starring Scarlett Johansson was no doubt helped out greatly by Johansson's rising drawing power on the heels of Captain America: The Winter Soldier earlier this year. In addition to Johansson's presence, Lucy was also likely helped out by being a non-sequel in a summer full of sequels, by the relatively soft overall box office thus far in July and by moviegoers potentially rushing out to see the film before Disney's Guardians of the Galaxy arrives in theatres this coming Friday. Lucy debuted 22 percent stronger than the $36.01 million debut of Salt back in July of 2010.

Lucy debuted with $17.09 million on Friday (which included an estimated $2.75 million from evening shows on Thursday), decreased 12 percent on Saturday to take in $15.02 million and fell 22 percent on Sunday to gross $11.79 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.57 to 1. The audience breakdown for Lucy was evenly split between genders and skewed towards moviegoers 25 years and older (65 percent). One potentially troubling sign for Lucy going forward is that the film received a disappointing C+ rating on CinemaScore. With that said, holding power won't be as important for the film going forward after such a strong opening weekend performance.

Hercules also exceeded expectations this weekend with a respectable second place take of $29.80 million. The Dwayne Johnson led 3D action-adventure film from Paramount and MGM had been expected to open in the range of $20 million to $25 million. In addition to Johnson's presence, Hercules was likely also aided by serving as a PG-13 alternative to the R rated Lucy and by the mentioned relatively soft overall box office thus far in July. Hercules opened 11 percent below the $33.46 million start of 2012's Wrath of the Titans.

Hercules grossed $11.06 million on Friday (which included an estimated $2.1 million from evening shows on Thursday), fell 7.5 percent on Saturday to take in $10.23 million and fell just 17 percent on Sunday to gross $8.52 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.69 to 1. The film received a solid B+ rating on CinemaScore. But much like Lucy, Hercules could potentially experience a sharp decline next weekend when the highly anticipated Guardians of the Galaxy arrives in the marketplace.

Hercules grossed an estimated $4.0 million from IMAX locations, which represented 13.4 percent of the film's overall gross this weekend.

With the stronger than expected debuts of Lucy and Hercules, Fox's Dawn of the Planet of the Apes took a sharper than expected fall this weekend with a third place take of $16.77 million. The critically acclaimed 3D sci-fi action sequel was down 54 percent from last weekend. Despite this weekend's hold, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes continues to exceed expectations with a 17-day gross of $172.46 million. That places the film an impressive 29 percent ahead of the $133.58 million 17-day take of 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes (which fell 42 percent in its third weekend to gross $16.12 million).

Universal's The Purge: Anarchy fell a sharp 65 percent in its second weekend to land in fourth with $10.48 million. On the positive side of things, the horror sequel held up better in its second weekend than last year's The Purge did when it declined a harsh 76 percent in its second weekend to gross $8.32 million. With a healthy ten-day take of $51.86 million, The Purge: Anarchy is now running essentially on par with the $51.96 million ten-day take of The Purge.

Planes: Fire and Rescue rounded out the weekend's top five with $9.53 million. The modestly budgeted computer animated sequel from Disney was down a significant 46 percent from last weekend. Planes: Fire and Rescue has grossed $35.35 million in ten days. That places the film 22 percent behind the $45.34 million ten-day take of last year's Planes (which fell 40 percent in its second weekend to gross $13.39 million).

And So It Goes debuted in eighth place with $4.64 million. The Clarius Entertainment release starring Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton opened in line with its modest pre-release expectations. The opening weekend figure for And So It Goes was in the same ballpark as the $3.75 million debut of Clarius' Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return back in May. And So It Goes took in $1.36 million on Friday, increased 39 percent on Saturday to take in $1.89 million and decline 26.5 percent on Sunday to gross $1.39 million. That gave the film an impressive opening weekend to Friday ratio of 3.41 to 1. And So It Goes received a B+ rating on CinemaScore.

On the limited front, Roadside's A Most Wanted Man debuted in tenth place with $2.69 million. The critically acclaimed thriller starring the late Philip Seymour Hoffman earned a healthy per-location average of $7,442 from 361 locations for the frame.

Meanwhile, Open Road's The Fluffy Movie was off to a lackluster start with $1.31 million from 432 locations. That gave the comedy concert film starring Gabriel Iglesias a modest per-location average of $3,036 for the frame.

Daily Domestic Gross Tue, Mar. 11 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Mar. 11 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1300: Rise of an Empire$4,208,2308%3,470--$1,213$53,129,0211Warner Bros.
2Mr. Peabody & Sherman$2,802,82826%3,934--$712$37,241,5641Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3Non-Stop (2014)$1,682,35530%3,11323$540$55,542,7802Universal
4The LEGO Movie$1,278,35232%3,290-480$389$227,123,3775Warner Bros.
5Son of God$1,096,45027%3,27111$335$43,830,6942Fox
63 Days to Kill$349,83128%2,348-524$149$26,127,2883Relativity Media
7Frozen (2013)$342,20723%1,660-86$206$393,614,50816Disney
8The Monuments Men$338,83224%2,001-1001$169$71,189,0415Sony / Columbia
9RoboCop (2014)$270,87229%1,714-1171$158$55,245,8824Sony / Columbia
10Pompeii$251,78248%1,658-1000$152$21,483,8913Sony / TriStar
1112 Years a Slave$245,82334%1,065654$231$53,472,53221Fox Searchlight
12Ride Along$198,45011%1,323-546$150$130,364,7058Universal
13About Last Night$192,51316%1,074-730$179$46,860,2654Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Mar. 11 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1American Hustle$100,35815%605-340$166$148,571,82913Sony / Columbia
2The Wind Rises$98,46917%4960$199$3,671,1263Disney
3Philomena$88,29329%670-427$132$36,064,13516Weinstein Company
4Gravity$88,20924%38444$230$271,974,16823Warner Bros.
5The Wolf of Wall Street$66,73214%359-146$186$115,816,81311Paramount
6Dallas Buyers Club$57,94518%31296$186$26,295,67319Focus
7The Nut Job$57,23625%490-262$117$61,502,0308Open Road
8Lone Survivor$44,74512%472-545$95$124,212,19611Universal
9That Awkward Moment$44,27552%188-420$236$25,661,1876Focus
10The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$44,06916%333118$132$257,479,61513Warner Bros. / New Line
11Endless Love (2014)$42,65533%536-1338$80$23,176,8904Universal
12Repentance$26,6132%1575$170$970,5282Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
13Her (2013)$25,14814%155-95$162$25,045,61912Warner Bros.
14August: Osage County$18,64539%196-150$95$37,336,89411Weinstein Company
15Nebraska$18,57521%180-109$103$17,501,60417Paramount Vantage
16Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$15,766-4%304-1013$52$127,288,91512Paramount
17Stalingrad (2014)$15,2849%143-165$107$898,4142Sony / Columbia
18Walking With Dinosaurs$14,96345%164-31$91$35,918,21812Fox
19Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$14,96147%107-260$140$50,123,8558Paramount
20The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$13,28426%133-65$100$424,112,12716Lionsgate
21The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$8,114-9%133-30$61$58,040,62511Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Mar. 11 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Budapest Hotel$79,461-10%4--$19,865$978,7931Fox Searchlight
2I, Frankenstein$10,5879%92-77$115$18,990,6187Lionsgate
3Gloria (2014)$9,9524%76-26$131$1,797,9957Roadside Attractions
4Labor Day (2013)$7,35024%84-23$88$13,333,3066Paramount
5The Legend Of Hercules$6,8415%61-28$112$18,834,6409Lionsgate / Summit
6The Book Thief$5,78934%49-24$118$21,355,62418Fox
7Inside Llewyn Davis$4,583-25%52-13$88$13,224,94114CBS Films
8Winter's Tale$4,11535%82-623$50$12,478,1394Warner Bros.
9Free Birds$3,83233%7426$52$55,732,65019Relativity Media
10Vampire Academy$1,81024%32-79$57$7,753,4785Weinstein Company
11Grudge Match$1,36528%45-30$30$29,805,19211Warner Bros.
12Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$1,23024%42-49$29$8,296,54115Weinstein Company
13Ernest & Celestine$1,12211%65$187$28,0922GKIDS
14Highway$764107%9-71$85$526,1593UTV Motion Pictures