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, Apr. 8 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Apr. 8 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Captain America: The Winter Soldier$6,977,05612%3,938--$1,772$108,220,3291Disney
2Noah$1,640,01431%3,5714$459$75,282,3712Paramount
3Divergent$1,025,39728%3,631-305$282$115,834,4413Lionsgate / Summit
4God's Not Dead$819,27325%1,758580$466$34,032,7773Freestyle / Pure Flix
5The Grand Budapest Hotel$680,29535%1,263286$539$34,380,7325Fox Searchlight
6Muppets Most Wanted$457,21122%3,052-142$150$42,833,3903Disney
7Mr. Peabody & Sherman$394,508-3%2,931-368$135$102,835,5145Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8Sabotage (2014)$259,16325%2,4860$104$9,324,2522Open Road
9Non-Stop (2014)$197,40535%1,724-791$115$88,447,2806Universal
10Need For Speed$191,27935%1,779-926$108$41,143,3164Disney / DreamWorks
11Bad Words$182,43933%1,074232$170$6,261,7554Focus
12300: Rise of an Empire$171,63926%1,555-1046$110$104,331,7875Warner Bros.
13The LEGO Movie$130,7658%1,350-651$97$250,860,4289Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Apr. 8 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cesar Chavez$89,48228%6640$135$4,757,5602Lionsgate / Pantelion
2Frozen (2013)$36,01435%321-66$112$399,001,51420Disney
3Son of God$35,83920%481-796$75$58,611,0846Fox
4Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$35,08846%425-714$83$15,718,9184Lionsgate
5Frankie & Alice$33,93324%171--$198$411,8981Lionsgate / CodeBlack Films
6Gravity$29,99129%255120$118$273,658,52927Warner Bros.
7The Nut Job$29,51014%285-9$104$63,561,64812Open Road
8Ride Along$15,34018%236-124$65$133,969,46512Universal
9Philomena$15,24132%197-5$77$37,497,19220Weinstein Company
10Jinn$14,7126%201--$73$177,9851Freestyle Releasing
1112 Years a Slave$11,09044%128-100$87$56,519,79525Fox Searchlight
123 Days to Kill$8,89467%131-209$68$30,402,6397Relativity Media
13Lone Survivor$7,06526%140-25$50$125,082,36615Universal
14The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$5,5029%130-55$42$258,317,85517Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Apr. 8 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$30,43321%37--$823$243,8761Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Afflicted$12,644103%44--$287$88,3171CBS Films
3Veronica Mars$4,76637%74-136$64$3,293,3794Warner Bros.
4Dallas Buyers Club$4,57783%52-47$88$27,249,09223Focus
5August: Osage County$4,490156%42-39$107$37,705,50215Weinstein Company
6Her (2013)$4,22721%85-25$50$25,531,52716Warner Bros.
7Ernest & Celestine$4,04945%2412$169$178,6746GKIDS
8Dom Hemingway$3,11629%4--$779$44,2631Fox Searchlight
9The Players$1,20370%50--$24$8,5831Weinstein Company
10On the Other Side of the Tracks$1,09745%50--$22$7,7751Weinstein Company
11Watermark$97118%2--$486$9,5161eOne Films US
12Gloria (2014)$8999%17-19$53$2,049,99211Roadside Attractions
13Vampire Academy$280130%11-13$25$7,791,5489Weinstein Company
14Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$19425%2--$97$28,5459Rialto Pictures