Grosses

'Lucy' Breaks Out with $43.9M; 'Hercules' Stronger than Expected with $29.8MJuly 28, 2014 12:34 PM

by Daniel Garris

Universal's Lucy exceeded expectations this weekend with a strong first place start of $43.89 million. The modestly budgeted sci-fi action film starring Scarlett Johansson was no doubt helped out greatly by Johansson's rising drawing power on the heels of Captain America: The Winter Soldier earlier this year. In addition to Johansson's presence, Lucy was also likely helped out by being a non-sequel in a summer full of sequels, by the relatively soft overall box office thus far in July and by moviegoers potentially rushing out to see the film before Disney's Guardians of the Galaxy arrives in theatres this coming Friday. Lucy debuted 22 percent stronger than the $36.01 million debut of Salt back in July of 2010.

Lucy debuted with $17.09 million on Friday (which included an estimated $2.75 million from evening shows on Thursday), decreased 12 percent on Saturday to take in $15.02 million and fell 22 percent on Sunday to gross $11.79 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.57 to 1. The audience breakdown for Lucy was evenly split between genders and skewed towards moviegoers 25 years and older (65 percent). One potentially troubling sign for Lucy going forward is that the film received a disappointing C+ rating on CinemaScore. With that said, holding power won't be as important for the film going forward after such a strong opening weekend performance.

Hercules also exceeded expectations this weekend with a respectable second place take of $29.80 million. The Dwayne Johnson led 3D action-adventure film from Paramount and MGM had been expected to open in the range of $20 million to $25 million. In addition to Johnson's presence, Hercules was likely also aided by serving as a PG-13 alternative to the R rated Lucy and by the mentioned relatively soft overall box office thus far in July. Hercules opened 11 percent below the $33.46 million start of 2012's Wrath of the Titans.

Hercules grossed $11.06 million on Friday (which included an estimated $2.1 million from evening shows on Thursday), fell 7.5 percent on Saturday to take in $10.23 million and fell just 17 percent on Sunday to gross $8.52 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.69 to 1. The film received a solid B+ rating on CinemaScore. But much like Lucy, Hercules could potentially experience a sharp decline next weekend when the highly anticipated Guardians of the Galaxy arrives in the marketplace.

Hercules grossed an estimated $4.0 million from IMAX locations, which represented 13.4 percent of the film's overall gross this weekend.

With the stronger than expected debuts of Lucy and Hercules, Fox's Dawn of the Planet of the Apes took a sharper than expected fall this weekend with a third place take of $16.77 million. The critically acclaimed 3D sci-fi action sequel was down 54 percent from last weekend. Despite this weekend's hold, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes continues to exceed expectations with a 17-day gross of $172.46 million. That places the film an impressive 29 percent ahead of the $133.58 million 17-day take of 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes (which fell 42 percent in its third weekend to gross $16.12 million).

Universal's The Purge: Anarchy fell a sharp 65 percent in its second weekend to land in fourth with $10.48 million. On the positive side of things, the horror sequel held up better in its second weekend than last year's The Purge did when it declined a harsh 76 percent in its second weekend to gross $8.32 million. With a healthy ten-day take of $51.86 million, The Purge: Anarchy is now running essentially on par with the $51.96 million ten-day take of The Purge.

Planes: Fire and Rescue rounded out the weekend's top five with $9.53 million. The modestly budgeted computer animated sequel from Disney was down a significant 46 percent from last weekend. Planes: Fire and Rescue has grossed $35.35 million in ten days. That places the film 22 percent behind the $45.34 million ten-day take of last year's Planes (which fell 40 percent in its second weekend to gross $13.39 million).

And So It Goes debuted in eighth place with $4.64 million. The Clarius Entertainment release starring Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton opened in line with its modest pre-release expectations. The opening weekend figure for And So It Goes was in the same ballpark as the $3.75 million debut of Clarius' Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return back in May. And So It Goes took in $1.36 million on Friday, increased 39 percent on Saturday to take in $1.89 million and decline 26.5 percent on Sunday to gross $1.39 million. That gave the film an impressive opening weekend to Friday ratio of 3.41 to 1. And So It Goes received a B+ rating on CinemaScore.

On the limited front, Roadside's A Most Wanted Man debuted in tenth place with $2.69 million. The critically acclaimed thriller starring the late Philip Seymour Hoffman earned a healthy per-location average of $7,442 from 361 locations for the frame.

Meanwhile, Open Road's The Fluffy Movie was off to a lackluster start with $1.31 million from 432 locations. That gave the comedy concert film starring Gabriel Iglesias a modest per-location average of $3,036 for the frame.

Daily Domestic Gross Sat, Jun. 14 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jun. 14 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
122 Jump Street$18,726,869-26%3,306--$5,665$43,871,3591Sony / Columbia
2How to Train Your Dragon 2$17,315,466-6%4,253--$4,071$35,755,5061Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3Maleficent$7,311,52125%3,623-325$2,018$157,676,4823Disney
4Edge of Tomorrow$6,108,72733%3,50515$1,743$51,164,6232Warner Bros.
5The Fault in Our Stars$5,741,160-10%3,273100$1,754$78,076,2532Fox
6X-Men: Days of Future Past$3,730,15337%3,042-597$1,226$202,895,7794Fox
7A Million Ways to Die in the West$1,243,90532%2,413-747$516$36,044,3903Universal
8Godzilla (2014)$1,209,91037%2,088-1022$579$190,236,2065Warner Bros.
9Neighbors (2014)$967,90520%1,896-778$510$142,425,9206Universal
10Chef$938,20655%1,102-196$851$13,343,7626Open Road
11Blended$666,57518%1,581-1347$422$39,879,0494Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Jun. 14 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Amazing Spider-Man 2$379,95437%682-799$557$198,089,7837Sony / Columbia
2Million Dollar Arm$284,94235%577-1066$494$33,162,9475Disney
3Belle$216,55343%338-138$641$8,427,0747Fox Searchlight
4Words and Pictures$170,20343%217119$784$960,6184Roadside Attractions
5Rio 2$158,96215%383-319$415$126,547,97010Fox
6Divergent$147,61921%33638$439$149,508,86613Lionsgate / Summit
7Heaven is for Real$125,47730%53286$236$89,289,5609Sony / TriStar
8The Grand Seduction$122,83768%104-3$1,181$1,204,4933eOne Films US
9The Other Woman (2014)$108,15027%244-245$443$82,682,1338Fox
10The Grand Budapest Hotel$84,35154%149-36$566$58,052,51415Fox Searchlight
11The LEGO Movie$81,20022%30127$270$256,250,58619Warner Bros.
12The Immigrant$69,76561%140-5$498$1,647,5145Weinstein Company
13Holiday (2014)$67,41355%102-42$661$648,2772Reliance Entertainment
14Mr. Peabody & Sherman$57,95627%207-17$280$110,582,62215Fox / DreamWorks Animation
15The Signal (2014)$54,5108%120--$454$104,8531Focus
16God's Not Dead$46,81415%150-50$312$60,258,50713Freestyle / Pure Flix
17Noah$24,42652%103-33$237$101,139,83012Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Jun. 14 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$45,154-15%412$1,101$2,915,45811Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Brick Mansions$22,86847%85-14$269$20,204,6708Relativity Media
3Moms' Night Out$20,081-4%81-211$248$10,068,5076Sony / TriStar
4Fed Up$16,35131%56-32$292$1,314,1756RADiUS-TWC
5Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$13,40242%18--$745$54,3242RADiUS-TWC
6The Railway Man$11,14238%50-127$223$4,300,93110Weinstein Company
7Draft Day$7,46635%53-60$141$28,825,85110Lionsgate / Summit
8Transcendence$6,72413%58-47$116$23,009,9039Warner Bros.
9Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$5,291-2%43-41$123$8,329,3846Clarius Entertainment
10Oculus$4,31312%31-16$139$27,670,83110Relativity Media
11Filmistaan$2,51332%8-16$314$42,9422UTV Motion Pictures
12The Hornet's Nest$1,1858%3-13$395$297,3996Freestyle Releasing
13Accident (2014 re-issue)$59725%1--$597$13,7974Rialto Pictures
14Blue Ruin$51220%2-1$256$256,8318RADiUS-TWC
15The Unknown Known$350192%30$117$273,50811RADiUS-TWC
16Heropanti$242-10%1-2$242$62,8914UTV Motion Pictures
17Godzilla: The Japanese Original$147--1-1$147$139,3849Rialto Pictures