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. 22 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Apr. 22 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Heaven is for Real$2,435,665-2%2,417--$1,008$34,480,0581Sony / TriStar
2Captain America: The Winter Soldier$2,205,248-15%3,825-113$577$205,301,8853Disney
3Rio 2$1,925,558-28%3,97527$484$79,649,7562Fox
4Transcendence$1,032,4084%3,455--$299$12,916,0921Warner Bros.
5Bears$931,06842%1,720--$541$6,361,0141Disneynature
6A Haunted House 2$615,226-8%2,310--$266$10,124,4791Open Road
7Draft Day$568,5529%2,7810$204$20,451,6512Lionsgate / Summit
8Divergent$547,802-16%2,486-624$220$134,976,6535Lionsgate / Summit
9Oculus$524,385-5%2,6480$198$22,223,3892Relativity Media
10Noah$491,137-2%2,537-745$194$94,268,8604Paramount
11God's Not Dead$450,796-6%1,796-64$251$49,100,6075Freestyle / Pure Flix
12The Grand Budapest Hotel$360,3504%1,280-187$282$45,671,0957Fox Searchlight

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Apr. 22 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Muppets Most Wanted$114,767-39%929-1332$124$48,609,5415Disney
22 States$74,76920%135--$554$1,210,7981UTV Motion Pictures
3Mr. Peabody & Sherman$73,601-37%780-1221$94$107,355,5427Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4The LEGO Movie$38,843-42%340-270$114$252,365,39211Warner Bros.
5Non-Stop (2014)$37,800-5%360-402$105$90,224,5308Universal
6Frozen (2013)$27,947-5%290-54$96$399,935,32722Disney
7300: Rise of an Empire$27,3281%265-260$103$105,536,2607Warner Bros.
8Bad Words$19,7979%223-540$89$7,601,0046Focus
9Dom Hemingway$19,1639%12987$149$336,7453Fox Searchlight
10Son of God$16,479-12%503-402$33$59,472,3308Fox
11Sabotage (2014)$13,22619%130-621$102$10,377,8044Open Road
12The Nut Job$11,747-14%201-60$58$64,040,50014Open Road
13Cesar Chavez$10,432-4%117-188$89$5,412,5464Lionsgate / Pantelion
14Make Your Move$10,1716%142--$72$100,9601High Top Releasing
15Gravity$8,87423%145-57$61$273,996,22129Warner Bros.
163 Days to Kill$7,690-1%11027$70$30,554,8759Relativity Media
17Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$7,13711%114-21$63$15,939,3186Lionsgate
18Philomena$5,17611%101-56$51$37,648,77822Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Apr. 22 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$35,36317%370$956$882,0563Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Railway Man$15,962-2%2622$614$284,6572Weinstein Company
3Joe (2014)$8,32310%480$173$242,8482Roadside Attractions
412 Years a Slave$5,99542%53-11$113$56,624,86027Fox Searchlight
5The Unknown Known$4,227-5%49-31$86$234,2533RADiUS-TWC
6Frankie & Alice$3,579-17%43-128$83$682,0683Lionsgate / CodeBlack Films
7Watermark$3,36553%96$374$48,4253eOne Films US
8Godzilla: The Japanese Original$1,969-21%1--$1,969$15,3551Rialto Pictures
9Ernest & Celestine$1,599-5%31-8$52$245,2438GKIDS
1013 Sins$1,218-2%45--$27$11,7241RADiUS-TWC
11Dallas Buyers Club$1,02242%14-19$73$27,290,86025Focus
12Veronica Mars$97045%15-8$65$3,320,7486Warner Bros.
13August: Osage County$88717%16-11$55$37,728,15717Weinstein Company
14Gloria (2014)$821-20%13-11$63$2,084,96813Roadside Attractions
15Cuban Fury$58521%8-71$73$91,3772eOne Films US
16Gabrielle (2014)$29788%1--$297$3,4791eOne Films US