'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, Jun. 15 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jun. 15 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1How to Train Your Dragon 2$13,695,816-21%4,253--$3,220$49,451,3221Fox / DreamWorks Animation
222 Jump Street$13,200,086-30%3,306--$3,993$57,071,4451Sony / Columbia
3Edge of Tomorrow$5,837,075-4%3,50515$1,665$57,001,6982Warner Bros.
5X-Men: Days of Future Past$3,360,831-10%3,042-597$1,105$206,256,6104Fox
6The Fault in Our Stars$2,690,947-53%3,273100$822$80,767,2002Fox
7Godzilla (2014)$1,220,9881%2,088-1022$585$191,457,1945Warner Bros.
8A Million Ways to Die in the West$1,062,630-15%2,413-747$440$37,107,0203Universal
9Chef$644,217-31%1,102-196$585$13,987,9796Open Road
10Neighbors (2014)$596,295-38%1,896-778$315$143,022,2156Universal
11Blended$508,288-24%1,581-1347$321$40,387,3374Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jun. 15 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Million Dollar Arm$308,3558%577-1066$534$33,471,3025Disney
2The Amazing Spider-Man 2$296,438-22%682-799$435$198,386,2217Sony / Columbia
3Belle$142,550-34%338-138$422$8,569,6247Fox Searchlight
4Rio 2$118,700-25%383-319$310$126,666,67010Fox
5Heaven is for Real$112,872-10%53286$212$89,402,4329Sony / TriStar
6Divergent$112,409-24%33638$335$149,621,27513Lionsgate / Summit
7Words and Pictures$105,466-38%217119$486$1,066,0844Roadside Attractions
8The LEGO Movie$79,685-2%30127$265$256,330,27119Warner Bros.
9The Grand Seduction$75,595-38%104-3$727$1,280,0883eOne Films US
10Holiday (2014)$58,616-13%102-42$575$706,8932Reliance Entertainment
11The Grand Budapest Hotel$57,299-32%149-36$385$58,109,81315Fox Searchlight
12The Other Woman (2014)$51,033-53%244-245$209$82,733,1668Fox
13The Signal (2014)$50,789-7%120--$423$155,6421Focus
14God's Not Dead$42,487-9%150-50$283$60,300,99413Freestyle / Pure Flix
15Mr. Peabody & Sherman$39,985-31%207-17$193$110,622,60715Fox / DreamWorks Animation
16The Immigrant$39,382-44%140-5$281$1,686,8965Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jun. 15 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$38,918-14%412$949$2,954,37611Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Brick Mansions$17,532-23%85-14$206$20,222,2028Relativity Media
3Fed Up$13,214-19%56-32$236$1,327,3896RADiUS-TWC
4Moms' Night Out$11,387-43%81-211$141$10,079,8946Sony / TriStar
5Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$8,123-39%18--$451$62,4472RADiUS-TWC
6The Railway Man$6,062-46%50-127$121$4,306,99310Weinstein Company
7Draft Day$5,294-29%53-60$100$28,831,14510Lionsgate / Summit
8Transcendence$4,601-32%58-47$79$23,014,5049Warner Bros.
9Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$3,989-25%43-41$93$8,333,3736Clarius Entertainment
10Oculus$3,314-23%31-16$107$27,674,14510Relativity Media
11The Hornet's Nest$1,52829%3-13$509$298,9276Freestyle Releasing
12Filmistaan$1,365-46%8-16$171$44,3072UTV Motion Pictures
13Accident (2014 re-issue)$518-13%1--$518$14,3154Rialto Pictures
14Godzilla: The Japanese Original$21748%1-1$217$139,6019Rialto Pictures
15Heropanti$160-34%1-2$160$63,0514UTV Motion Pictures
16The Unknown Known$95-73%30$32$273,60311RADiUS-TWC
17Blue Ruin$75-85%2-1$38$256,9068RADiUS-TWC