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.

Weekend domestic gross

YearWeekendTop 10 GrossChg. LY%Total GrossChg. LY% Top movie of the week
200731 (Aug 03 - Aug 05) - 2007$157,481,35935%$177,460,72626%The Bourne Ultimatum
200131 (Aug 03 - Aug 05) - 2001$159,717,84440%$171,838,23234%Rush Hour 2
201131 (Aug 05 - Aug 07) - 2011$154,610,55520%$167,476,96915%Rise of the Planet of the Apes
199931 (Jul 30 - Aug 01) - 1999$133,879,38339%$157,542,15643%Runaway Bride
200431 (Jul 30 - Aug 01) - 2004$136,940,2358%$157,176,2608%The Village
200231 (Aug 02 - Aug 04) - 2002$137,680,429-14%$156,338,784-9%Signs
200831 (Aug 01 - Aug 03) - 2008$140,935,980-11%$153,060,547-14%The Dark Knight
201031 (Jul 30 - Aug 01) - 2010$128,821,14520%$145,216,19414%Inception
200331 (Aug 01 - Aug 03) - 2003$127,293,952-8%$144,989,138-7%American Wedding
200631 (Aug 04 - Aug 06) - 2006$116,301,34919%$141,148,05823%Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
201331 (Aug 02 - Aug 04) - 2013$117,938,0836%$138,110,91712%2 Guns
200031 (Aug 04 - Aug 06) - 2000$114,098,637-15%$128,615,587-18%Hollow Man
200931 (Jul 31 - Aug 02) - 2009$107,143,153-24%$127,756,046-17%Funny People
201231 (Aug 03 - Aug 05) - 2012$111,448,685-28%$122,840,045-27%The Dark Knight Rises
200531 (Aug 05 - Aug 07) - 2005$98,015,217-28%$114,838,158-27%The Dukes of Hazzard
199831 (Jul 31 - Aug 02) - 1998$96,360,8723%$109,808,9747%Saving Private Ryan
199731 (Aug 01 - Aug 03) - 1997$93,114,79949%$102,331,45932%Air Force One
199431 (Aug 05 - Aug 07) - 1994$93,109,64737%$95,821,78917%Clear and Present Danger
199531 (Aug 04 - Aug 06) - 1995$73,191,366-21%$87,741,643-8%Waterworld
199331 (Jul 30 - Aug 01) - 1993$68,043,15038%$82,160,23246%Rising Sun
199631 (Aug 02 - Aug 04) - 1996$62,677,812-14%$77,668,029-11%A Time to Kill
199031 (Aug 03 - Aug 05) - 1990$61,075,9934%$70,045,9765%Ghost
198931 (Aug 04 - Aug 06) - 1989$58,918,28318%$66,881,33012%Parenthood
199131 (Aug 02 - Aug 04) - 1991$48,969,719-20%$62,737,151-10%Hot Shots!
198831 (Jul 29 - Jul 31) - 1988$50,052,22013%$59,481,1167%Cocktail (1988)
199231 (Jul 31 - Aug 02) - 1992$49,191,3330%$56,091,750-11%Death Becomes Her
198731 (Jul 31 - Aug 02) - 1987$44,181,2354%$55,477,5978%The Living Daylights
198631 (Aug 01 - Aug 03) - 1986$42,434,7430%$51,283,9049%Aliens
198531 (Aug 02 - Aug 04) - 1985$42,411,94522%$47,026,0816%Back to the Future
198431 (Aug 03 - Aug 05) - 1984$34,878,085-3%$44,532,2787%Ghostbusters
198331 (Aug 05 - Aug 07) - 1983$35,857,251-6%$41,799,868-8%Vacation