'Lucy' Surpasses the $50M Mark on TuesdayJuly 30, 2014 12:31 PM

by Daniel Garris

Universal's Lucy grossed $5.44 million on Tuesday to lead the daily box office for a fifth consecutive day. The modestly budgeted sci-fi action film starring Scarlett Johansson increased a respectable 10 percent over Monday's performance. In general, yesterday's daily percentage increases weren't as strong as usual for a Tuesday. Lucy surpassed the $50 million mark yesterday and has grossed a stronger than expected $54.31 million in five days. That places the film 22 percent ahead of the $44.51 million five-day take of 2010's Salt.

Hercules held steady in second place with $3.78 million. The Dwayne Johnson led 3D action-adventure film from Paramount and MGM was up 13 percent over Monday. Hercules continues to exceed its relatively modest pre-release expectations with a five-day start of $36.92 million. The film is currently running 5 percent behind the $38.97 million five-day take of 2012's Wrath of the Titans. With Disney's Guardians of the Galaxy arriving on Friday, it is especially important for Hercules to gross as much as it can this week.

Fox's Dawn of the Planet of the Apes took in $2.51 million to remain in third. The critically acclaimed 3D sci-fi action sequel was up 13 percent over Monday, but down 51 percent from last Tuesday. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes has clearly taken a bit of a hit this week from the stronger than expected performances of Lucy and Hercules. With that said the film continues to exceed expectations with an impressive $177.17 million in 19 days.

Universal's The Purge: Anarchy claimed fourth with $1.658 million. The low budget horror sequel increased 9 percent over Monday and fell 54 percent from last Tuesday. The Purge: Anarchy continues to perform well (especially with its price-tag in mind) and has now grossed $55.04 million in twelve days. That places the film 1 percent ahead of the $54.32 million twelve-day take of last year's The Purge.

Planes: Fire and Rescue rounded out the day's unchanged top five with $1.645 million. The modestly budgeted computer animated sequel from Disney was up 10 percent over Monday and down just 29 percent from last Tuesday. With a twelve-day take of $38.49 million, Planes: Fire and Rescue is currently running 20 percent behind the $48.36 million twelve-day gross of last year's Planes.

Daily Domestic Gross Fri, Apr. 11 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Apr. 11 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rio 2$12,007,367--3,948--$3,041$12,007,3671Fox
2Captain America: The Winter Soldier$11,866,741159%3,9380$3,013$129,474,9122Disney
3Oculus$4,966,899--2,648--$1,876$4,966,8991Relativity Media
4Draft Day$3,559,192--2,781--$1,280$3,559,1921Lionsgate / Summit
5Divergent$2,267,943192%3,110-521$729$119,644,9364Lionsgate / Summit
7God's Not Dead$1,592,739149%1,860102$856$36,950,0514Freestyle / Pure Flix
8The Grand Budapest Hotel$1,184,476133%1,467204$807$36,604,0316Fox Searchlight
9Muppets Most Wanted$558,28682%2,261-791$247$44,035,3334Disney
10Mr. Peabody & Sherman$470,50580%2,001-930$235$103,860,4846Fox / DreamWorks Animation

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Apr. 11 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Non-Stop (2014)$220,98084%762-962$290$88,925,2857Universal
2Need For Speed$210,45673%613-1166$343$41,604,7005Disney / DreamWorks
3Bad Words$182,99048%763-311$240$6,713,0965Focus
4300: Rise of an Empire$130,44916%525-1030$248$104,709,8746Warner Bros.
5The LEGO Movie$120,19426%610-740$197$251,178,96510Warner Bros.
6Sabotage (2014)$101,113-43%751-1735$135$9,809,2443Open Road
7Frozen (2013)$97,030228%34423$282$399,157,27221Disney
8Cesar Chavez$82,56711%305-359$271$4,983,3953Lionsgate / Pantelion
9Son of God$68,482121%905424$76$58,740,5557Fox
10The Monuments Men$54,047--265-43$204$77,136,22810Sony / Columbia
11The Nut Job$47,24382%261-24$181$63,660,17113Open Road
12Ride Along$42,415227%177-59$240$134,038,95013Universal
13RoboCop (2014)$39,067--19476$201$57,435,1129Sony / Columbia
14Gravity$38,84474%202-53$192$273,743,18228Warner Bros.
15Frankie & Alice$37,75361%1710$221$500,6362Lionsgate / CodeBlack Films
16Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$23,9369%135-290$177$15,790,3425Lionsgate
17Philomena$15,93621%157-40$102$37,538,17121Weinstein Company
18The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$7,41340%101-29$73$258,335,38818Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Apr. 11 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$46,77044%370$1,264$355,7632Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Joe (2014)$29,505--48--$615$29,5051Roadside Attractions
3Dom Hemingway$20,874801%4238$497$70,6972Fox Searchlight
4The Railway Man$18,078--4--$4,520$18,0781Weinstein Company
5The Unknown Known$17,907--80--$224$106,2702RADiUS-TWC
6Cuban Fury$17,714--79--$224$17,7141eOne Films US
73 Days to Kill$13,19396%83-48$159$30,429,0638Relativity Media
8Pompeii$10,817--93-41$116$23,138,8258Sony / TriStar
912 Years a Slave$9,45718%64-64$148$56,544,36626Fox Searchlight
10Afflicted$6,462-13%34-10$190$109,3132CBS Films
11Ernest & Celestine$4,919-14%3915$126$192,4977GKIDS
12Dallas Buyers Club$4,82876%33-19$146$27,259,39624Focus
13Her (2013)$4,56312%38-47$120$25,544,10517Warner Bros.
14Watermark$3,955152%31$1,318$15,9022eOne Films US
15About Last Night$3,616--26-18$139$48,490,6409Sony / Screen Gems
16Veronica Mars$2,742-36%23-51$119$3,304,0335Warner Bros.
17Gloria (2014)$2,49150%247$104$2,055,55412Roadside Attractions
18August: Osage County$2,114-18%27-15$78$37,712,51616Weinstein Company
19Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$1300%1-2$130$28,97510Rialto Pictures