Grosses

'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.

Weekend domestic gross

YearWeekendTop 10 GrossChg. LY%Total GrossChg. LY% Top movie of the week
201332 (Aug 09 - Aug 11) - 2013$137,650,7497%$159,267,88112%Elysium
200132 (Aug 10 - Aug 12) - 2001$143,893,76856%$158,510,63446%American Pie 2
201132 (Aug 12 - Aug 14) - 2011$134,605,98614%$155,654,92017%Rise of the Planet of the Apes
200732 (Aug 10 - Aug 12) - 2007$133,736,09929%$154,341,82319%Rush Hour 3
199932 (Aug 06 - Aug 08) - 1999$133,116,90537%$153,961,42343%The Sixth Sense
200932 (Aug 07 - Aug 09) - 2009$125,658,86016%$147,035,80521%G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
200232 (Aug 09 - Aug 11) - 2002$129,289,107-10%$142,376,349-10%XXX
201232 (Aug 10 - Aug 12) - 2012$129,143,882-4%$142,014,532-9%The Bourne Legacy
200332 (Aug 08 - Aug 10) - 2003$124,904,174-3%$140,279,834-1%S.W.A.T.
201032 (Aug 06 - Aug 08) - 2010$117,746,775-6%$133,215,508-9%The Other Guys
200632 (Aug 11 - Aug 13) - 2006$103,782,9414%$129,352,8808%Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
200832 (Aug 08 - Aug 10) - 2008$108,322,586-19%$121,582,088-21%The Dark Knight
200532 (Aug 12 - Aug 14) - 2005$100,228,9107%$120,235,3887%Four Brothers
200432 (Aug 06 - Aug 08) - 2004$93,809,578-25%$112,177,692-20%Collateral
200032 (Aug 11 - Aug 13) - 2000$92,196,299-31%$108,801,790-29%Hollow Man
199832 (Aug 07 - Aug 09) - 1998$97,415,79925%$107,658,18322%Saving Private Ryan
199732 (Aug 08 - Aug 10) - 1997$78,137,99827%$88,391,41829%Conspiracy Theory
199532 (Aug 11 - Aug 13) - 1995$69,654,872-12%$83,831,6031%Dangerous Minds
199432 (Aug 12 - Aug 14) - 1994$79,480,95219%$83,369,8257%Clear and Present Danger
199332 (Aug 06 - Aug 08) - 1993$66,750,90323%$77,901,37230%The Fugitive (1993)
199032 (Aug 10 - Aug 12) - 1990$58,038,480-2%$68,849,5863%Flatliners
199632 (Aug 09 - Aug 11) - 1996$61,318,093-12%$68,611,456-18%Jack
198932 (Aug 11 - Aug 13) - 1989$59,459,32638%$66,906,51629%Parenthood
199232 (Aug 07 - Aug 09) - 1992$54,214,18117%$59,743,8041%Unforgiven
199132 (Aug 09 - Aug 11) - 1991$46,529,465-20%$59,373,475-14%Hot Shots!
198732 (Aug 07 - Aug 09) - 1987$42,050,69725%$55,599,97422%The Living Daylights
198832 (Aug 05 - Aug 07) - 1988$43,223,1983%$51,865,638-7%Cocktail (1988)
198532 (Aug 09 - Aug 11) - 1985$38,211,2381%$45,854,3683%Back to the Future
198632 (Aug 08 - Aug 10) - 1986$33,588,159-12%$45,676,1300%Aliens
198432 (Aug 10 - Aug 12) - 1984$37,984,55515%$44,474,1523%Red Dawn (1984)
198332 (Aug 12 - Aug 14) - 1983$32,943,666-13%$43,196,398-7%Vacation