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, May. 9 - Sun, May. 11

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Neighbors (2014)$51,070,000--3,279--$15,575$51,070,0001Universal
2The Amazing Spider-Man 2$37,200,000-59%4,3240$8,603$147,900,7222Sony / Columbia
3The Other Woman (2014)$9,250,000-36%3,30668$2,798$61,730,0433Fox
4Heaven is for Real$7,000,000-19%3,048118$2,297$75,220,0394Sony / TriStar
5Captain America: The Winter Soldier$5,619,000-28%2,701-478$2,080$244,996,7456Disney
6Rio 2$5,125,000-34%2,973-341$1,724$113,165,2445Fox
7Moms' Night Out$4,200,000--1,044--$4,023$4,200,0001Sony / TriStar
8Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$3,705,376--2,607--$1,421$3,705,3761Clarius Entertainment
9Divergent$1,700,000-22%1,233-406$1,379$145,023,9198Lionsgate / Summit
10Brick Mansions$1,480,000-60%1,954-693$757$18,327,8183Relativity Media
11God's Not Dead$1,264,831-28%1,000-330$1,265$57,527,6478Freestyle / Pure Flix
12Bears$1,002,000-41%1,243-547$806$16,013,0444Disneynature
13The Quiet Ones$770,000-61%1,133-894$680$8,046,3893Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Budapest Hotel$1,465,000-18%770-114$1,903$53,746,12810Fox Searchlight
2Draft Day$800,000-42%820-534$976$27,714,7915Lionsgate / Summit
3Fading Gigolo$768,00359%340230$2,259$2,062,4464Millennium Entertainment
4The Railway Man$453,000-10%18117$2,503$2,275,7965Weinstein Company
5Noah$425,000-53%477-452$891$99,800,5427Paramount
6A Haunted House 2$340,550-68%526-802$647$16,840,3364Open Road
7Mr. Peabody & Sherman$325,000-19%357-53$910$108,945,69110Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8Non-Stop (2014)$321,000110%23214$1,384$91,096,93511Universal
9Transcendence$320,000-73%515-1260$621$22,176,0734Warner Bros.
10The Lunchbox$249,067-5%1534$1,628$3,433,43211Sony Pictures Classics
11Oculus$246,000-68%410-474$600$27,231,9575Relativity Media
12Frozen (2013)$55,000-53%142-37$387$400,440,48625Disney

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Belle$473,000344%4541$10,511$620,1012Fox Searchlight
2Locke$239,44079%7348$3,280$539,6893A24
3Chef$204,201--6--$34,034$204,2011Open Road
4Only Lovers Left Alive$196,7342%9225$2,138$1,081,3655Sony Pictures Classics
5Under the Skin (2014)$146,475-14%93-32$1,575$2,085,8986A24
6Fed Up$130,000--18--$7,222$130,0001RADiUS-TWC
7Ida (2014)$104,00088%74$14,857$193,9242Music Box Films
8Finding Vivian Maier$101,000-33%82-8$1,232$1,102,2897IFC Films
9Palo Alto$80,640--4--$20,160$80,6401Tribeca Film
10Le Week-End$55,000-43%57-33$965$2,094,8789Music Box Films
11Blue Ruin$47,760-35%611$783$204,5183RADiUS-TWC
12God's Pocket$23,000--3--$7,667$23,0001IFC Films
133 Days to Kill$21,000-23%42-22$500$30,686,66212Relativity Media
14Sabotage (2014)$13,673-43%51-9$268$10,497,8367Open Road
15Rob the Mob$3,959-51%6-2$660$199,5568Millennium Entertainment
16Enemy$3,300-31%124$275$1,007,8419A24
17The Unknown Known$501-76%6-9$84$265,3246RADiUS-TWC
18In Bloom$368--2--$184$50,70518Big World Pictures
1920 Feet from Stardom$250-86%1-1$250$4,945,13948RADiUS-TWC