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.

Studio Weekend Estimates (Domestic) Fri, Mar. 21 - Sun, Mar. 23

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Divergent$56,000,000--3,936--$14,228$56,000,0001Lionsgate / Summit
2Muppets Most Wanted$16,514,000--3,194--$5,170$16,514,0001Disney
3Mr. Peabody & Sherman$11,700,000-46%3,607-344$3,244$81,002,3843Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4300: Rise of an Empire$8,665,000-55%3,085-405$2,809$93,753,1193Warner Bros.
5Need For Speed$7,781,000-56%3,1150$2,498$30,404,8832Disney / DreamWorks
6Non-Stop (2014)$6,346,000-40%2,945-238$2,155$78,620,7304Universal
7The LEGO Movie$4,115,000-47%2,501-539$1,645$243,351,6747Warner Bros.
8Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$3,100,000-62%1,8960$1,635$12,910,0242Lionsgate
9Son of God$2,650,000-52%2,139-851$1,239$55,599,6484Fox
10Frozen (2013)$734,000-66%1,069-397$687$397,743,26118Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1God's Not Dead$8,563,512--780--$10,979$8,563,5121Freestyle / Pure Flix
2The Grand Budapest Hotel$6,750,00086%304238$22,204$12,960,5193Fox Searchlight
3The Monuments Men$975,000-53%938-656$1,039$75,708,7267Sony / Columbia
4Ride Along$608,000-56%650-374$935$133,101,00010Universal
5Veronica Mars$490,000-75%34756$1,412$2,854,7442Warner Bros.
612 Years a Slave$445,000-64%522-403$852$56,035,58523Fox Searchlight
7The Nut Job$338,000-30%335-70$1,009$62,602,39310Open Road
8American Hustle$240,000-61%281-222$854$149,814,40615Sony / Columbia
9RoboCop (2014)$230,000-73%328-637$701$57,084,1886Sony / Columbia
10Philomena$211,000-50%297-205$710$37,092,70518Weinstein Company
11About Last Night$202,000-70%214-410$944$48,268,1706Sony / Screen Gems
12The Wolf of Wall Street$190,000-54%215-71$884$116,686,70613Paramount
13Tim's Vermeer$162,869-19%12920$1,263$1,249,2238Sony Pictures Classics
14Dallas Buyers Club$156,000-58%178-103$876$27,073,34421Focus
15Lone Survivor$137,000-49%211-105$649$124,805,93113Universal
16Pompeii$130,000-78%201-470$647$22,818,2335Sony / TriStar
17The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$120,000-42%211-57$569$424,537,58018Lionsgate
18Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$85,000-36%128-24$664$50,426,11310Paramount
19August: Osage County$62,000-41%141-62$440$37,600,88313Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bad Words$500,000341%8781$5,747$655,7732Focus
2Enemy$206,2001176%9695$2,148$228,9082A24
3The Lunchbox$189,579113%3618$5,266$530,9564Sony Pictures Classics
4Le Week-End$141,000223%2522$5,640$205,1802Music Box Films
5Particle Fever$86,150-4%217$4,102$324,0583Abramorama / Bond 360
6That Awkward Moment$67,000-48%93-29$720$25,970,0018Focus
7On My Way$55,400426%2019$2,770$71,8622Cohen Media Group
8The Face of Love$44,800-14%3212$1,400$149,7343IFC Films
9Anita (2014)$44,382--7--$6,340$44,3821IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
10The Great Beauty$41,376-58%45-29$919$2,715,12119Janus Films
11Jodorowsky's Dune$36,713--3--$12,238$36,7131Sony Pictures Classics
12Repentance$29,000-72%43-83$674$1,183,3984Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
13Cheap Thrills$19,065--2--$9,533$19,0651Drafthouse Films
14Rob the Mob$11,626--1--$11,626$11,6261Millennium Entertainment
15Big Men$9,61227%32$3,204$20,6422Abramorama
16It Felt Like Love$8,000--1--$8,000$8,0001Variance Films
17Stalingrad (2014)$7,000-79%13-57$538$987,5834Sony / Columbia
18Teenage$5,000--2--$2,500$14,9502Oscilloscope
19The French Minister$3,800--1--$3,800$3,8001IFC Films
20The Art of the Steal (2014)$3,050-92%15-45$203$60,5662RADiUS-TWC
2120 Feet from Stardom$2,100-79%7-11$300$4,934,90541RADiUS-TWC