'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 Sun, May. 4 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, May. 4 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Amazing Spider-Man 2$23,280,183-30%4,324--$5,384$91,608,3371Sony / Columbia
2The Other Woman (2014)$3,524,476-42%3,23833$1,088$47,552,7362Fox
3Heaven is for Real$2,555,859-29%2,930225$872$65,503,9183Sony / TriStar
4Rio 2$2,428,571-31%3,314-389$733$106,582,2284Fox
5Captain America: The Winter Soldier$2,150,530-39%3,179-441$676$237,155,4805Disney
6Brick Mansions$1,062,058-30%2,6470$401$15,628,9882Relativity Media
8Divergent$558,830-44%1,639-427$341$142,669,0097Lionsgate / Summit
9God's Not Dead$535,898-25%1,330-270$403$55,561,3087Freestyle / Pure Flix
10The Quiet Ones$434,873-51%2,0270$215$6,755,7022Lionsgate
11Draft Day$365,147-41%1,354-726$270$26,426,0474Lionsgate / Summit
12Transcendence$330,323-34%1,775-1680$186$21,366,2303Warner Bros.
13A Haunted House 2$303,211-33%1,328-982$228$16,124,4633Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, May. 4 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Budapest Hotel$486,427-40%884-137$550$51,548,9459Fox Searchlight
3Oculus$183,947-44%884-997$208$26,702,3654Relativity Media
4The Railway Man$137,931-40%1648$841$1,629,3544Weinstein Company
5Mr. Peabody & Sherman$118,051-38%410-58$288$108,548,0629Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6The LEGO Movie$69,873-33%220-83$318$253,106,87513Warner Bros.
7RoboCop (2014)$51,978-76%23184$225$58,317,50412Sony / Columbia
8Non-Stop (2014)$39,180-43%218-34$180$90,716,20010Universal
9300: Rise of an Empire$37,819-24%235-90$161$106,036,1809Warner Bros.
10The Monuments Men$21,843-59%145-21$151$77,842,89713Sony / Columbia
11The Nut Job$16,208-30%101-59$160$64,238,76716Open Road
12Son of God$10,089-25%126-85$80$59,631,57510Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, May. 4 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
12 States$48,424-39%96-41$504$2,023,3863UTV Motion Pictures
2Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$47,277-6%370$1,278$1,326,5355Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Belle$34,085-18%4--$8,521$106,5781Fox Searchlight
4Blue Ruin$21,438-29%60--$357$121,4862RADiUS-TWC
5Cesar Chavez$14,725-11%9752$152$5,550,8666Lionsgate / Pantelion
6Walk of Shame$11,979-13%51--$235$39,7511Focus World
7Sabotage (2014)$8,080-17%60-15$135$10,471,6886Open Road
8Joe (2014)$7,884-30%39-2$202$341,8004Roadside Attractions
9Dom Hemingway$7,186-32%47-72$153$496,3025Fox Searchlight
103 Days to Kill$6,893-42%64-21$108$30,655,53811Relativity Media
11Godzilla: The Japanese Original$5,838-26%98$649$40,8873Rialto Pictures
12Decoding Annie Parker$5,700-11%13--$438$16,7811eOne Films US
13Bad Words$5,010-34%40-74$125$7,719,1578Focus
14Gravity$4,896-45%65-40$75$274,084,95131Warner Bros.
15Philomena$3,355-30%22-11$153$37,692,01324Weinstein Company
16Watermark$2,54938%11-5$232$76,7985eOne Films US
17Gloria (2014)$1,462-35%90$162$2,099,69215Roadside Attractions
18The Unknown Known$829-16%15-7$55$262,6135RADiUS-TWC
19Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$781-32%1-1$781$40,50413Rialto Pictures
20Gabrielle (2014)$36059%10$360$5,5343eOne Films US
21August: Osage County$278-38%3-4$93$37,738,40019Weinstein Company