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.

Weekly domestic gross

WeekTop 10 GrossChg. LW%Total GrossChg. LW% Top movie of the week
05 (Jan 31 - Feb 06)$85,426,599-29%$114,101,000-26%Ride Along
08 (Feb 21 - Feb 27)$117,537,472-44%$142,091,000-41%The LEGO Movie
04 (Jan 24 - Jan 30)$120,508,099-41%$154,687,000-37%Ride Along
17 (Apr 25 - May 01)$125,165,476-20%$150,807,000-17%The Other Woman (2014)
11 (Mar 14 - Mar 20)$127,965,571-25%$149,568,000-23%Mr. Peabody & Sherman
09 (Feb 28 - Mar 06)$132,712,05313%$159,661,00012%Non-Stop (2014)
02 (Jan 10 - Jan 16)$150,397,106-6%$188,786,000-1%Lone Survivor
16 (Apr 18 - Apr 24)$156,755,754-16%$181,228,000-11%Captain America: The Winter Soldier
01 (Jan 03 - Jan 09)$159,343,109--$190,069,000--Frozen (2013)
13 (Mar 28 - Apr 03)$159,801,347-6%$181,733,000-3%Noah
19 (May 09 - May 15)$160,996,916-8%$178,909,000-7%Neighbors (2014)
06 (Feb 07 - Feb 13)$161,597,23089%$192,940,00069%The LEGO Movie
12 (Mar 21 - Mar 27)$170,465,44533%$188,052,00026%Divergent
10 (Mar 07 - Mar 13)$170,490,79928%$193,723,00021%300: Rise of an Empire
18 (May 02 - May 08)$175,759,58740%$192,965,00028%The Amazing Spider-Man 2
27 (Jul 04 - Jul 10)$176,616,643-32%$204,661,000-29%Transformers: Age of Extinction
15 (Apr 11 - Apr 17)$186,574,452-5%$203,310,000-4%Captain America: The Winter Soldier
29 (Jul 18 - Jul 24)$191,126,930-5%$220,049,000-3%Dawn of The Planet of The Apes
30 (Jul 25 - Jul 31)$192,387,4451%$227,496,0003%Lucy
14 (Apr 04 - Apr 10)$196,678,72423%$212,524,00017%Captain America: The Winter Soldier
28 (Jul 11 - Jul 17)$200,657,60514%$226,676,00011%Dawn of The Planet of The Apes
03 (Jan 17 - Jan 23)$203,205,96535%$246,792,00031%Ride Along
25 (Jun 20 - Jun 26)$203,528,148-22%$184,862,000-33%22 Jump Street
07 (Feb 14 - Feb 20)$208,274,58529%$241,277,00025%The LEGO Movie
20 (May 16 - May 22)$216,442,29134%$232,164,00030%Godzilla (2014)
22 (May 30 - Jun 05)$216,842,737-15%$230,093,000-16%Maleficent
23 (Jun 06 - Jun 12)$220,504,2242%$235,237,0002%The Fault in Our Stars
21 (May 23 - May 29)$256,416,76318%$275,558,00019%X-Men: Days of Future Past
24 (Jun 13 - Jun 19)$259,565,76818%$274,616,00017%22 Jump Street
26 (Jun 27 - Jul 03)$260,558,19728%$289,543,00057%Transformers: Age of Extinction