'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 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