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 Tue, Mar. 18 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Mar. 18 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1300: Rise of an Empire$2,031,50017%3,49020$582$82,169,5092Warner Bros.
2Mr. Peabody & Sherman$1,587,4072%3,95117$402$66,935,8512Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3Need For Speed$1,541,76726%3,115--$495$20,611,6341Disney / DreamWorks
4Non-Stop (2014)$1,066,30524%3,18370$335$70,730,9753Universal
5The LEGO Movie$663,6158%3,040-250$218$238,205,3226Warner Bros.
6Son of God$587,78726%2,990-281$197$52,057,0863Fox
7Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$543,43522%1,896--$287$9,064,5811Lionsgate
8The Monuments Men$241,9799%1,594-407$152$74,346,3386Sony / Columbia
93 Days to Kill$205,82914%1,566-782$131$28,849,6744Relativity Media
10Frozen (2013)$174,058-11%1,466-194$119$396,755,78617Disney
11Ride Along$112,6405%1,024-299$110$132,318,9209Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Mar. 18 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
112 Years a Slave$156,10129%925-140$169$55,367,91122Fox Searchlight
2Veronica Mars$107,58510%291--$370$2,193,7981Warner Bros.
3RoboCop (2014)$97,80815%965-749$101$56,708,0595Sony / Columbia
4Pompeii$86,80638%671-987$129$22,565,5704Sony / TriStar
5About Last Night$72,35311%624-450$116$47,953,4595Sony / Screen Gems
6Philomena$68,47623%502-168$136$36,775,42117Weinstein Company
7American Hustle$64,40315%503-102$128$149,472,08214Sony / Columbia
8The Wind Rises$55,73021%305-191$183$4,382,3974Disney
9Gravity$54,45113%320-64$170$272,774,85124Warner Bros.
10The Nut Job$51,35729%405-85$127$62,182,0449Open Road
11The Wolf of Wall Street$44,71321%286-73$156$116,426,63012Paramount
12Dallas Buyers Club$44,04327%281-31$157$26,851,18120Focus
13The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$27,63024%277-56$100$257,855,59614Warner Bros. / New Line
14Lone Survivor$26,86013%316-156$85$124,623,11112Universal
15The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$22,02318%268135$82$424,379,89417Lionsgate
16That Awkward Moment$20,56181%122-66$169$25,876,1287Focus
17Her (2013)$20,03639%121-34$166$25,274,54613Warner Bros.
18August: Osage County$17,25611%2037$85$37,506,64012Weinstein Company
19Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$16,72913%15245$110$50,312,3879Paramount
20Endless Love (2014)$13,90543%278-258$50$23,417,4005Universal
21Repentance$10,4826%126-31$83$1,137,7583Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
22Nebraska$10,232-12%120-60$85$17,636,55118Paramount Vantage

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Mar. 18 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Budapest Hotel$370,5287%6662$5,614$5,494,8272Fox Searchlight
2Gloria (2014)$10,67529%75-1$142$1,923,8338Roadside Attractions
3Bad Words$9,56112%6--$1,594$131,4361Focus
4Stalingrad (2014)$6,23336%70-73$89$971,0323Sony / Columbia
5The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$6,20131%88-45$70$58,125,64012Fox
6The Art of the Steal (2014)$5,07730%60--$85$48,9831RADiUS-TWC
7Walking With Dinosaurs$4,86732%98-66$50$35,990,31213Fox
8I, Frankenstein$4,47226%76-16$59$19,067,0368Lionsgate
9Winter's Tale$3,4593%50-32$69$12,513,1325Warner Bros.
10The Book Thief$3,190-20%47-2$68$21,408,54819Fox
11Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$2,63023%50-254$53$127,348,45013Paramount
12Ernest & Celestine$2,582-34%93$287$77,9273GKIDS
13Labor Day (2013)$2,53912%42-42$60$13,367,1247Paramount
14Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$1,535120%23-19$67$8,309,46516Weinstein Company
15Free Birds$83921%32-42$26$55,749,25620Relativity Media
16Vampire Academy$318-12%12-20$27$7,759,7386Weinstein Company