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 Wed, Apr. 9 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Apr. 9 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Captain America: The Winter Soldier$4,805,702-31%3,938--$1,220$113,026,0311Disney
2Noah$1,106,111-33%3,5714$310$76,388,4822Paramount
3Divergent$766,168-25%3,631-305$211$116,600,6093Lionsgate / Summit
4God's Not Dead$685,620-16%1,758580$390$34,718,3973Freestyle / Pure Flix
5The Grand Budapest Hotel$530,617-22%1,263286$420$34,911,3495Fox Searchlight
6Muppets Most Wanted$336,557-26%3,052-142$110$43,169,9473Disney
7Mr. Peabody & Sherman$293,260-26%2,931-368$100$103,128,7745Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8Sabotage (2014)$207,147-20%2,4860$83$9,531,3992Open Road
9Bad Words$144,337-21%1,074232$134$6,406,0924Focus
10Non-Stop (2014)$137,135-31%1,724-791$80$88,584,4156Universal
11300: Rise of an Empire$135,595-21%1,555-1046$87$104,467,3825Warner Bros.
12Need For Speed$129,297-32%1,779-926$73$41,272,6134Disney / DreamWorks
13The LEGO Movie$103,304-21%1,350-651$77$250,963,7329Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Apr. 9 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cesar Chavez$68,978-23%6640$104$4,826,5382Lionsgate / Pantelion
2Son of God$30,019-16%481-796$62$58,641,1036Fox
3Frozen (2013)$29,108-19%321-66$91$399,030,62220Disney
4Frankie & Alice$27,581-19%171--$161$439,4791Lionsgate / CodeBlack Films
5Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$25,553-27%425-714$60$15,744,4714Lionsgate
6The Nut Job$25,386-14%285-9$89$63,587,03412Open Road
7Gravity$23,492-22%255120$92$273,682,02127Warner Bros.
8Ride Along$14,080-8%236-124$60$133,983,54512Universal
9Jinn$13,312-10%201--$66$191,2971Freestyle Releasing
10Philomena$11,827-22%197-5$60$37,509,01920Weinstein Company
1112 Years a Slave$7,069-36%128-100$55$56,526,86425Fox Searchlight
123 Days to Kill$6,511-27%131-209$50$30,409,1507Relativity Media
13Lone Survivor$6,285-11%140-25$45$125,088,65115Universal
14The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$4,842-12%130-55$37$258,322,69717Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Apr. 9 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$32,5447%37--$880$276,4201Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Afflicted$7,113-44%44--$162$95,4301CBS Films
3Her (2013)$3,929-7%85-25$46$25,535,45616Warner Bros.
4Veronica Mars$3,646-23%74-136$49$3,297,0254Warner Bros.
5Dom Hemingway$3,2434%40$811$47,5061Fox Searchlight
6Ernest & Celestine$3,189-21%2412$133$181,8636GKIDS
7Dallas Buyers Club$2,727-40%52-47$52$27,251,81923Focus
8August: Osage County$2,332-48%42-39$56$37,707,83415Weinstein Company
9Gloria (2014)$1,41057%17-19$83$2,051,40211Roadside Attractions
10The Players$969-19%50--$19$9,5521Weinstein Company
11On the Other Side of the Tracks$914-17%50--$18$8,6891Weinstein Company
12Watermark$864-11%2--$432$10,3801eOne Films US
13Vampire Academy$218-22%11-13$20$7,791,7669Weinstein Company
14Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$170-12%10$170$28,7159Rialto Pictures