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 Thu, Mar. 27 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Mar. 27 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Divergent$3,068,363-7%3,936--$780$68,760,0081Lionsgate / Summit
2Muppets Most Wanted$1,106,273-4%3,194--$346$21,837,6891Disney
3Mr. Peabody & Sherman$1,006,247-6%3,607-344$279$85,408,8133Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4300: Rise of an Empire$674,191-13%3,085-405$219$96,845,4143Warner Bros.
5Need For Speed$602,790-11%3,1150$194$33,418,0212Disney / DreamWorks
6Non-Stop (2014)$500,650-15%2,945-238$170$81,080,1754Universal
7The LEGO Movie$430,866-2%2,501-539$172$245,198,7207Warner Bros.
8Son of God$241,878-13%2,139-851$113$56,790,7424Fox
9Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$204,271-13%1,8960$108$13,878,1052Lionsgate
10Frozen (2013)$73,903-2%1,069-397$69$398,053,87518Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Mar. 27 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1God's Not Dead$897,064-8%816--$1,099$12,953,0181Freestyle / Pure Flix
2The Grand Budapest Hotel$596,958-13%304238$1,964$15,631,8153Fox Searchlight
3The Monuments Men$102,950-14%938-656$110$76,159,4617Sony / Columbia
43 Days to Kill$58,923-20%752-814$78$30,022,2735Relativity Media
5The Nut Job$51,000-1%335-70$152$62,793,72510Open Road
6Veronica Mars$45,634-5%34756$132$3,024,1512Warner Bros.
7Ride Along$45,500-22%650-374$70$133,340,87510Universal
812 Years a Slave$43,055-21%522-403$82$56,244,32723Fox Searchlight
9Philomena$30,823-3%297-205$104$37,219,12318Weinstein Company
10Gravity$23,432-5%202-118$116$273,190,65825Warner Bros.
11American Hustle$22,328-13%281-222$79$149,909,81815Sony / Columbia
12RoboCop (2014)$20,552-16%328-637$63$57,182,2796Sony / Columbia
13The Wolf of Wall Street$20,173-12%215-71$94$116,779,95513Paramount
14About Last Night$16,858-12%214-410$79$48,345,2856Sony / Screen Gems
15The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$16,7846%224-53$75$258,102,65615Warner Bros. / New Line
16Lone Survivor$15,795-6%211-105$75$124,874,55113Universal
17Pompeii$15,3924%201-470$77$22,877,6915Sony / TriStar
18Dallas Buyers Club$15,143-5%178-103$85$27,135,18921Focus
19The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$12,286-3%211-57$58$424,582,05418Lionsgate
20Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$11,5973%128-24$91$50,473,62510Paramount
21August: Osage County$9,645-3%141-62$68$37,639,30713Weinstein Company
22Winter's Tale$5,553-10%14494$39$12,578,9236Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Mar. 27 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bad Words$80,19325%8781$922$918,6902Focus
2That Awkward Moment$7,729-5%93-29$83$26,006,9398Focus
3Her (2013)$6,826-16%73-48$94$25,410,74314Warner Bros.
4Gloria (2014)$6,26529%50-25$125$2,004,7319Roadside Attractions
5The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$4,63214%63-25$74$58,178,35313Fox
6Walking With Dinosaurs$3,43110%59-39$58$36,033,27314Fox
7Blood Ties$2,643-22%28--$94$39,3561Roadside Attractions
8Repentance$2,173-25%43-83$51$1,189,6124Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
9Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$1,73736%18-5$97$8,323,08517Weinstein Company
10Vampire Academy$1,515-1%3523$43$7,779,6127Weinstein Company
11Ernest & Celestine$970-12%7-2$139$98,0574GKIDS
12Stalingrad (2014)$919-22%13-57$71$992,8984Sony / Columbia
13The Art of the Steal (2014)$602-22%15-45$40$64,0652RADiUS-TWC
14Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$366-12%10$366$25,0067Rialto Pictures