Grosses

'Lucy' Surpasses the $50M Mark on TuesdayJuly 30, 2014 12:31 PM

by Daniel Garris

Universal's Lucy grossed $5.44 million on Tuesday to lead the daily box office for a fifth consecutive day. The modestly budgeted sci-fi action film starring Scarlett Johansson increased a respectable 10 percent over Monday's performance. In general, yesterday's daily percentage increases weren't as strong as usual for a Tuesday. Lucy surpassed the $50 million mark yesterday and has grossed a stronger than expected $54.31 million in five days. That places the film 22 percent ahead of the $44.51 million five-day take of 2010's Salt.

Hercules held steady in second place with $3.78 million. The Dwayne Johnson led 3D action-adventure film from Paramount and MGM was up 13 percent over Monday. Hercules continues to exceed its relatively modest pre-release expectations with a five-day start of $36.92 million. The film is currently running 5 percent behind the $38.97 million five-day take of 2012's Wrath of the Titans. With Disney's Guardians of the Galaxy arriving on Friday, it is especially important for Hercules to gross as much as it can this week.

Fox's Dawn of the Planet of the Apes took in $2.51 million to remain in third. The critically acclaimed 3D sci-fi action sequel was up 13 percent over Monday, but down 51 percent from last Tuesday. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes has clearly taken a bit of a hit this week from the stronger than expected performances of Lucy and Hercules. With that said the film continues to exceed expectations with an impressive $177.17 million in 19 days.

Universal's The Purge: Anarchy claimed fourth with $1.658 million. The low budget horror sequel increased 9 percent over Monday and fell 54 percent from last Tuesday. The Purge: Anarchy continues to perform well (especially with its price-tag in mind) and has now grossed $55.04 million in twelve days. That places the film 1 percent ahead of the $54.32 million twelve-day take of last year's The Purge.

Planes: Fire and Rescue rounded out the day's unchanged top five with $1.645 million. The modestly budgeted computer animated sequel from Disney was up 10 percent over Monday and down just 29 percent from last Tuesday. With a twelve-day take of $38.49 million, Planes: Fire and Rescue is currently running 20 percent behind the $48.36 million twelve-day gross of last year's Planes.

Studio Weekend Estimates (Domestic) Fri, Dec. 27 - Sun, Dec. 29

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$29,850,000-5%3,9280$7,599$190,319,5463Warner Bros. / New Line
2Frozen (2013)$28,845,00047%3,335-205$8,649$248,366,4766Disney
3Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$20,150,000-23%3,5070$5,746$83,667,0182Paramount
4American Hustle$19,550,0002%2,5070$7,798$60,000,3533Sony / Columbia
5The Wolf of Wall Street$18,510,000--2,537--$7,296$34,301,5591Paramount
6Saving Mr. Banks$14,021,00050%2,1100$6,645$37,843,6173Disney
7The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$13,000,000--2,909--$4,469$25,594,9601Fox
8The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$10,200,00016%2,315-634$4,406$391,123,8436Lionsgate
947 Ronin$9,869,000--2,689--$3,670$20,571,2201Universal
10Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$7,400,000-12%1,788-406$4,139$43,719,0763Lionsgate
11Grudge Match$7,310,000--2,838--$2,576$13,428,2221Warner Bros.
12Walking With Dinosaurs$7,100,0000%3,24312$2,189$20,768,3062Fox
13Justin Bieber's Believe$2,014,000--1,037--$1,942$4,276,5001Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$2,422,0008186%975971$2,484$4,731,4685Weinstein Company
2Philomena$1,829,00051%727-11$2,516$16,506,4236Weinstein Company
3Inside Llewyn Davis$1,254,57416%16113$7,792$4,625,2894CBS Films
4Nebraska$800,00042%250-60$3,200$5,773,8057Paramount Vantage
5Thor: The Dark World$660,000-51%319-797$2,069$202,387,5378Disney
6The Book Thief$640,000-15%481-199$1,331$17,910,4928Fox
7Gravity$525,00022%175-127$3,000$254,610,40413Warner Bros.
8Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$515,00074%303-10$1,700$116,607,31314Sony / Columbia
912 Years a Slave$388,0005%154-147$2,519$37,813,98411Fox Searchlight
10Ender's Game$292,000175%24962$1,173$61,192,0269Lionsgate / Summit
11Dallas Buyers Club$286,805-25%124-206$2,313$15,738,6019Focus
12Last Vegas$247,000-2%221-112$1,118$62,686,7619CBS Films
13The Best Man Holiday$246,000-37%120-231$2,050$70,279,2707Universal
14Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$238,00023%257-21$926$101,267,11110Paramount
15Free Birds$214,000212%24359$881$54,422,0229Relativity Media
16Despicable Me 2$134,00036%165-32$812$367,741,66026Universal
17Delivery Man$120,000-75%136-527$882$29,647,5956Disney / DreamWorks
18Escape Plan$70,0009%107-31$654$24,958,08111Lionsgate / Summit
19Out of the Furnace$45,000-86%102-626$441$11,125,7514Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Her (2013)$645,000148%4741$13,723$1,537,3212Warner Bros.
2August: Osage County$179,475--5--$35,895$179,4751Weinstein Company
3Lone Survivor$92,468--2--$46,234$155,4351Universal
4The Great Beauty$73,3447%420$1,746$785,5737Janus Films
5All Is Lost$63,95032%66-17$969$5,946,90011Roadside Attractions
6Personal Tailor$51,000-55%90$5,667$253,7222China Lion Film
7The Past$39,24034%52$7,848$93,2442Sony Pictures Classics
8The Invisible Woman$37,149--3--$12,383$58,2651Sony Pictures Classics
920 Feet from Stardom$4,22345%8-2$528$4,813,89729RADiUS-TWC
10Inequality for All$40214%1-1$402$1,191,39414RADiUS-TWC