Grosses

'Lucy' Breaks Out with $44.0M; 'Hercules' Stronger than Expected with $29.0MJuly 27, 2014 08:54 AM

by Daniel Garris

Universal's Lucy exceeded expectations this weekend with a strong estimated first place start of $44.0 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 $17.1 million on Friday (which included an estimated $2.75 million from evening shows on Thursday), decreased 12 percent on Saturday to take in $15.0 million and is estimated to fall 21 percent on Sunday to gross $11.9 million. That places the film's estimated 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 estimated second place take of $29.0 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 13 percent below the $33.46 million start of 2012's Wrath of the Titans.

Hercules grossed $11.08 million on Friday (which included an estimated $2.1 million from evening shows on Thursday), fell 8 percent on Saturday to take in $10.24 million and is estimated to fall 25 percent on Sunday to gross $7.68 million. That places the film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.62 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 13.8 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 an estimated third place take of $16.40 million. The critically acclaimed 3D sci-fi action sequel was down 55 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 $172.09 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 67 percent in its second weekend to land in fourth with an estimated $9.9 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 $51.28 million, The Purge: Anarchy is now running just 1 percent behind the $51.96 million ten-day take of The Purge.

Planes: Fire and Rescue rounded out the weekend's top five with an estimated $9.3 million. The modestly budgeted computer animated sequel from Disney was down a significant 47 percent from last weekend. Planes: Fire and Rescue has grossed $35.12 million in ten days. That places the film 22.5 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 an estimated $4.55 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 is estimated to decline 31 percent on Sunday to gross $1.30 million. That gives the film an estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio of 3.34 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 an estimated $2.72 million. The critically acclaimed thriller starring the late Philip Seymour Hoffman earned a healthy per-location average of $7,527 from 361 locations for the frame.

Open Road's The Fluffy Movie was off to a lackluster start with an estimated $1.31 million from 432 locations. That gave the comedy concert film starring Gabriel Iglesias a modest per-location average of $3,042 for the frame.

Daily Domestic Gross Tue, Apr. 1 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Apr. 1 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Noah$3,604,45516%3,567--$1,011$50,430,3091Paramount
2Divergent$1,941,59717%3,9360$493$97,984,2572Lionsgate / Summit
3God's Not Dead$811,73511%1,178398$689$23,292,6272Freestyle / Pure Flix
4Muppets Most Wanted$774,17015%3,1940$242$34,563,6012Disney
5Mr. Peabody & Sherman$680,67412%3,299-308$206$95,765,6694Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6Sabotage (2014)$472,5388%2,486--$190$6,182,5181Open Road
7300: Rise of an Empire$460,14317%2,601-484$177$101,908,9864Warner Bros.
8Need For Speed$434,00028%2,705-410$160$38,417,5393Disney / DreamWorks
9Non-Stop (2014)$364,67521%2,515-430$145$85,757,5355Universal
10The LEGO Movie$283,18314%2,001-500$142$248,749,2478Warner Bros.
11Son of God$109,79217%1,277-862$86$58,058,8435Fox
12Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$100,81721%1,139-757$89$15,184,1943Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Apr. 1 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Budapest Hotel$805,84616%977673$825$25,673,6184Fox Searchlight
2Bad Words$251,51721%842755$299$3,938,3723Focus
3Cesar Chavez$203,757-32%664--$307$3,366,5681Lionsgate / Pantelion
4The Monuments Men$45,93122%501-437$92$76,671,9048Sony / Columbia
5Frozen (2013)$38,46310%387-682$99$398,465,11919Disney
6The Nut Job$35,91832%294-41$122$63,169,38411Open Road
73 Days to Kill$27,61950%340-412$81$30,280,0206Relativity Media
8Ride Along$25,2950%360-290$70$133,709,76011Universal
9Veronica Mars$17,44111%210-137$83$3,215,7303Warner Bros.
1012 Years a Slave$17,31343%228-294$76$56,407,79124Fox Searchlight
11Philomena$16,60648%202-95$82$37,352,98519Weinstein Company
12Gravity$13,9157%135-67$103$273,339,60326Warner Bros.
13American Hustle$12,87218%188-93$68$150,041,19216Sony / Columbia
14The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$10,023-1%185-39$54$258,226,42316Warner Bros. / New Line
15Lone Survivor$9,9750%165-46$60$124,984,42114Universal
16The Wolf of Wall Street$9,22022%134-81$69$116,883,50414Paramount
17Her (2013)$7,69621%11037$70$25,473,74415Warner Bros.
18Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$7,34418%107-21$69$50,562,67511Paramount
19The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$6,04017%158-53$38$424,656,79219Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Apr. 1 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dallas Buyers Club$6,41140%99-79$65$27,202,64122Focus
2That Awkward Moment$5,82049%68-25$86$26,058,8059Focus
3August: Osage County$5,12477%81-60$63$37,680,11214Weinstein Company
4Gloria (2014)$3,41525%36-14$95$2,031,52710Roadside Attractions
5Stalingrad (2014)$2,1495%6653$33$1,008,3285Sony / Columbia
6Ernest & Celestine$2,108-27%125$176$133,8755GKIDS
7Walking With Dinosaurs$2,02020%42-17$48$36,055,52415Fox
8Winter's Tale$1,82916%85-59$22$12,595,0627Warner Bros.
9Vampire Academy$64514%24-11$27$7,787,1688Weinstein Company
10Blood Ties$35353%5-23$71$41,8122Roadside Attractions