Grosses

'Lucy' Bags Strong $17.1 Million on Friday; 'Hercules' Takes $11.05 MillionJuly 26, 2014 03:50 AM

by Shawn Robbins

Universal reports that Lucy earned a strong $17.1 million on Friday, including Thursday night's $2.75 million early grosses. BoxOffice projects the film could net around $46 million for the weekend.

Making Lucy's debut even more impressive is the fact that its opening day handily topped that of 2010's Salt, starring Angelina Jolie, which took in $12.5 million on its way to a $36 million opening frame. There's no doubt that Scarlett Johansson's rising star power in the wake of her Marvel movie turns helped drive Lucy's success. Unfortunately, early word of mouth looks like a mixed bag with a 58 percent Flixster user score. Reviews are on the fresh/rotten bubble at Rotten Tomatoes as its score hovers at 60 percent this morning.

Meanwhile, Paramount's and MGM's Hercules bowed to $11.05 million on Friday for a projected weekend of $30 million. Star Dwayne Johnson is to thank for giving the film some needed moviegoer appeal, although the numbers are still modest in the grand scheme of things for a $100 million production budget (excluding marketing and distribution). Overseas performance will be the key in determining the film's theatrical profitability. Early word of mouth is also somewhat mixed at 69 percent on Flixster, while critics gave the film 63 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

Fox's Dawn of the Planet of the Apes added $4.7 million yesterday, off 55 percent from last Friday in the face of new competition, and should bring in around $16.5 million for its third frame. With $160.4 million in the domestic bank so far, the sequel is currently running 31 percent ahead of its 2011 predecessor at the same point in release.

The Purge: Anarchy slid 74 percent from opening day to $3.4 million on its second Friday. That's a slight improvement over its predecessor, however, which slid 82 percent on its second Friday. BoxOffice projects a $10 million sophomore weekend for Anarchy.

Planes: Fire and Rescue took in $2.76 million yesterday for a 57 percent decline from opening day last week. Look for a $9.5 million weekend for the Disney sequel.

Rob Reiner's And So It Goes posted $1.36 million on opening day from 1,762 locations. BoxOffice projects a $4 million weekend.

On the limited release front, popular comedian Gabriel Iglesias sent The Fluffy Movie to a $0.513 million opening day and a likely opening weekend around $1.275 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