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 Mon, Mar. 31 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Mar. 31 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Noah$3,105,382-72%3,567--$871$46,825,8541Paramount
2Divergent$1,663,074-72%3,9360$423$96,042,6602Lionsgate / Summit
3God's Not Dead$730,208-74%1,178398$620$22,480,8922Freestyle / Pure Flix
4Muppets Most Wanted$672,614-80%3,1940$211$33,789,4312Disney
5Mr. Peabody & Sherman$605,547-76%3,299-308$184$95,084,9954Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6Sabotage (2014)$437,536-68%2,486--$176$5,709,9801Open Road
7300: Rise of an Empire$394,139-65%2,601-484$152$101,448,8434Warner Bros.
8Need For Speed$339,302-69%2,705-410$125$37,983,5393Disney / DreamWorks
9Non-Stop (2014)$301,800-68%2,515-430$120$85,392,8605Universal
10The LEGO Movie$249,284-71%2,001-500$125$248,466,0648Warner Bros.
11Son of God$94,108-74%1,277-862$74$57,949,0515Fox
12Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$83,442-68%1,139-757$73$15,083,3773Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Mar. 31 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Budapest Hotel$696,162-69%977673$713$24,867,7724Fox Searchlight
2Cesar Chavez$301,283-65%664--$454$3,162,8111Lionsgate / Pantelion
3Bad Words$207,979-68%842755$247$3,686,8553Focus
4The Monuments Men$37,725-61%501-437$75$76,625,9738Sony / Columbia
5Frozen (2013)$35,045-66%387-682$91$398,426,65619Disney
6The Nut Job$27,211-68%294-41$93$63,133,46611Open Road
7Ride Along$25,200-63%360-290$70$133,684,46511Universal
83 Days to Kill$18,423-62%340-412$54$30,252,4016Relativity Media
9Veronica Mars$15,713-60%210-137$75$3,198,2893Warner Bros.
10Gravity$13,049-58%135-67$97$273,325,68826Warner Bros.
1112 Years a Slave$12,068-64%228-294$53$56,390,47824Fox Searchlight
12Philomena$11,255-60%202-95$56$37,336,37919Weinstein Company
13American Hustle$10,899-53%188-93$58$150,028,32016Sony / Columbia
14The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$10,147-62%185-39$55$258,216,40016Warner Bros. / New Line
15Lone Survivor$9,970-55%165-46$60$124,974,44614Universal
16The Wolf of Wall Street$7,557-62%134-81$56$116,874,28414Paramount
17Her (2013)$6,361-54%11037$58$25,466,04815Warner Bros.
18Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$6,224-62%107-21$58$50,555,33111Paramount
19The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$5,175-69%158-53$33$424,650,75219Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Mar. 31 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dallas Buyers Club$4,564-64%99-79$46$27,196,23022Focus
2That Awkward Moment$3,903-53%68-25$57$26,052,9859Focus
3Ernest & Celestine$2,898-74%125$242$131,7675GKIDS
4August: Osage County$2,890-68%81-60$36$37,674,98814Weinstein Company
5Gloria (2014)$2,726-54%36-14$76$2,028,11210Roadside Attractions
6Stalingrad (2014)$2,037-50%6653$31$1,006,1795Sony / Columbia
7Walking With Dinosaurs$1,687-73%42-17$40$36,053,50415Fox
8Winter's Tale$1,573-52%85-59$19$12,593,2337Warner Bros.
9Vampire Academy$567-62%24-11$24$7,786,5238Weinstein Company
10Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$427187%10$427$26,4318Rialto Pictures
11Blood Ties$230-70%5-23$46$41,4592Roadside Attractions