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Weekend Box Office Report: July 25-27, 2014

07.27.2014

Lucy blows away the rest!

Scarlett Johansson gunned down the competition this weekend as LUCY opened at #1 with a bullet, grabbing an estimated $44 million!

That's the best opening yet for director Luc Besson (and among his movies as writer/producer, only TAKEN 2's $49.5 million opening is higher). In fact, aside from THE FIFTH ELEMENT's $63.8 million domestic total, LUCY's first weekend was actually bigger than the final domestic totals for any of Besson's previous directing efforts.

Johansson's increased profile from her Marvel movie appearances was likely a major contributing factor to the success, as was shifting the release up two weeks from its original August 8th slot. LUCY's opening was also one of the highest among female-fronted features, especially considering it is rated R (and not based on existing young-adult material).

Critics and crowds apparently weren't entirely sure what to make of Johansson's trippy narcotic-powered superheroics -- the movie received an average 58% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 'C+' CinemaScore from moviegoers, which could damage word-of-mouth. But the opening weekend alone has already surpassed the movie's reported $40 million cost.

Opening in second was Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson as HERCULES with $29 million. Director Brett Ratner's new take on the mythical hero actually opened lower than the last time Johnson entered the swords-and-sandals genre -- THE SCORPION KING had a $36 million start in 2002. And he didn't even throw horses in that one.

The $100+ million action-fantasy got an average critics response of 63% on Rotten Tomatoes, while paying audiences had slightly more fun with Johnson's sweaty muscular demigod, judging by the 'B+' CinemaScore.

The next five movies basically just bumped down two spots from last weekend, with DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES leaving the top for third place with another $16.4 million. After three weeks, its domestic total is just shy of RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES' $176.7 million finish.

The sequel THE PURGE: ANARCHY came in fourth with $9.8 million, a drop of 66% from its opening but a ten-day total of $51.2 million. Thanks to its reasonable $9 million reported cost, it joins NEIGHBORS and THE FAULT IN OUR STARS for the summer's best budget-to-box office ratio. PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE and SEX TAPE followed, respectively losing 46% and 59% of business from their openings last week.

TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION was in seventh with $4.6 million, and its total of $236.3 million officially makes it the summer's biggest domestic box office hit (although it still trails CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER and THE LEGO MOVIE for 2014 releases). Its $966 global total is still edging toward the $1.1 billion haul of TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON.

Director Rob Reiner's romcom counterprogramming AND SO IT GOES opened in eighth with $4.5 million, although critics dismissed the new Michael Douglas/Diane Keaton pairing with a lowly 15% on Rotten Tomatoes. TAMMY dropped to ninth, while the spy thriller A MOST WANTED MAN opened on 361 screens and sneaked into the Top 10 with $2.7 million. Critics were impressed with the John le Carre adaptation (one of Philip Seymour Hoffman's last roles), giving it an average 91% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Outside the chart, we waved goodby to 22 JUMP STREET, HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2, EARTH TO ECHO and MALEFICENT (which has passed X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST to become the summer's second biggest release). Comedian Gabriel Iglesias' THE FLUFFY MOVIE took $1.3 million in 432 theaters, Zach Braff's WISH I WAS HERE added another 557 screens but only took in an additional $1.1 million, and Richard Linklater's buzzed drama BOYHOOD is still slowly adding screens and doing strong business ($1.7 million on 107 screens).

Next weekend finds the Marvel cinematic universe expanding into deep space with GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, while Godfather of Soul James Brown's biopic GET ON UP fights for attention and James Franco's indie drama CHILD OF GOD opens in limited release.

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# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. Lucy $44 M
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2. Hercules $29 M
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3. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes $16.4 M $172 M
4. The Purge: Anarchy $9.8 M $51.2 M
5. Planes: Fire and Rescue $9.3 M $35.1 M
6. Sex Tape $5.9 M $26.8 M
7. Transformers: Age of Extinction $4.6 M $236.3 M
8. And So It Goes $4.5 M
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9. Tammy $3.4 M $78.1 M
10. A Most Wanted Man $2.7 M
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9:04PM on 07/27/2014

Saw Lucy and Most wanted Man

It was sad to see Hoffman is one of his last leading man performances. The movie was a bit slow but he was as great as ever.

Lucy was absolutely terrible. Easily the worst film of the year, so far.
It was sad to see Hoffman is one of his last leading man performances. The movie was a bit slow but he was as great as ever.

Lucy was absolutely terrible. Easily the worst film of the year, so far.
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7:17PM on 07/27/2014
I feel sorry for the Rock. I wanted this to do well, I didn't go to it because I loath Brett Ratner. Mostly because of his asshole face. So I went to Lucy instead and was quite surprised by it. The movie really wasn't what I expected
I feel sorry for the Rock. I wanted this to do well, I didn't go to it because I loath Brett Ratner. Mostly because of his asshole face. So I went to Lucy instead and was quite surprised by it. The movie really wasn't what I expected
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4:38PM on 07/27/2014
The Rock can't carry a movie by himself...
The Rock can't carry a movie by himself...
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3:30PM on 07/27/2014
Saw Lucy, but was left underwhelmed. It wasn't quite the straightforward action flick it was marketed to be, but was more of a half-baked "Tree of Life" wannabe under the guise of a summer blockbuster, but it doesn't quite mesh well.
Saw Lucy, but was left underwhelmed. It wasn't quite the straightforward action flick it was marketed to be, but was more of a half-baked "Tree of Life" wannabe under the guise of a summer blockbuster, but it doesn't quite mesh well.
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3:06PM on 07/27/2014
Okay Mr. Besson, now make Matilda the Professional.
Okay Mr. Besson, now make Matilda the Professional.
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3:04PM on 07/27/2014
"That's the best opening yet for director Luc Besson ... In fact, aside from THE FIFTH ELEMENT's $63.8 million domestic total, LUCY's first weekend was actually bigger than the final domestic totals for any of Besson's previous directing efforts."

That first line probably shouldn't be there, Dave doesn't really make sense as is.

I'm just wondering what happened with How to Train Your Dragon 2. How did it underperform so badly? I mean sure it wasn't a failure, but people adored the first
"That's the best opening yet for director Luc Besson ... In fact, aside from THE FIFTH ELEMENT's $63.8 million domestic total, LUCY's first weekend was actually bigger than the final domestic totals for any of Besson's previous directing efforts."

That first line probably shouldn't be there, Dave doesn't really make sense as is.

I'm just wondering what happened with How to Train Your Dragon 2. How did it underperform so badly? I mean sure it wasn't a failure, but people adored the first one... it should have been one of the biggest hits of the year. The marketing didn't seem to be a problem, aside from a trailer that gave away quite a bit. The film itself was also solid, my son enjoyed it just as much as the first.

Don't quite get it.
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1:27AM on 07/28/2014
I think you are confusing "opening" with "domestic total". The Fifth Element made only $17 million in its opening weekend but went on to make 63.8 million.
I think you are confusing "opening" with "domestic total". The Fifth Element made only $17 million in its opening weekend but went on to make 63.8 million.
4:33AM on 07/28/2014
You're completely right, Martin. I slipped on the golden rule: never correct people on the internet after a busy weekend, you'll just come across as a boob.
You're completely right, Martin. I slipped on the golden rule: never correct people on the internet after a busy weekend, you'll just come across as a boob.
2:43PM on 07/27/2014
Bodes well for a Black Widow movie considering the success of Hunger Games, Maleficent, & this R-rated Lucy. Maybe we'll get a proper Catwoman movie one day. Also nice that an original story beat a rehash.
Bodes well for a Black Widow movie considering the success of Hunger Games, Maleficent, & this R-rated Lucy. Maybe we'll get a proper Catwoman movie one day. Also nice that an original story beat a rehash.
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2:20PM on 07/27/2014
Wild. Haven't seen Lucy yet, but glad it performed well showing there's an audience for female action flicks - didn't even realize it was R. Hercules - looks like karma bit you in the ass when you fucked over and exploited the creator. And poor Get On Up, doesn't look particularly bad, but I don't think it really stands a chance...even IF GOTG weren't coming out
Wild. Haven't seen Lucy yet, but glad it performed well showing there's an audience for female action flicks - didn't even realize it was R. Hercules - looks like karma bit you in the ass when you fucked over and exploited the creator. And poor Get On Up, doesn't look particularly bad, but I don't think it really stands a chance...even IF GOTG weren't coming out
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2:18PM on 07/27/2014
Wild. Haven't seen Lucy yet, but glad it performed well showing there's an audience for female action flicks - didn't even realize it was R. Hercules - looks like karma bit you in the ass when you fucked over and exploited the creator. And poor Get On Up, doesn't look particularly bad, but I don't think it really stands a chance...even IF GOTG weren't coming out
Wild. Haven't seen Lucy yet, but glad it performed well showing there's an audience for female action flicks - didn't even realize it was R. Hercules - looks like karma bit you in the ass when you fucked over and exploited the creator. And poor Get On Up, doesn't look particularly bad, but I don't think it really stands a chance...even IF GOTG weren't coming out
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2:16PM on 07/27/2014
That's too bad, I saw Hercules, thought it deserved better than this, I didnt expect much going in so I was pleasantly surprised. I think it would've benefited from a better director and a slightly more serious tone. I'm also curious how much of that big budget went towards the cgi, I dont think it was much. From what I'm hearing about Lucy I'll be waiting for ondemand or redbox.
That's too bad, I saw Hercules, thought it deserved better than this, I didnt expect much going in so I was pleasantly surprised. I think it would've benefited from a better director and a slightly more serious tone. I'm also curious how much of that big budget went towards the cgi, I dont think it was much. From what I'm hearing about Lucy I'll be waiting for ondemand or redbox.
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2:02PM on 07/27/2014
Saw Wish I Was Here, and absolutely loved it. Thought it was great and was a good companion piece when compared to Garden State. Can't wait to see what Braff does for his third film.

And also saw Lucy for free. Absolutely terrible. No direction whatsoever and one of the mosh ridiculous endings ever. Have no idea how it made so much money or why Johansson and Freeman signed on for it.
Saw Wish I Was Here, and absolutely loved it. Thought it was great and was a good companion piece when compared to Garden State. Can't wait to see what Braff does for his third film.

And also saw Lucy for free. Absolutely terrible. No direction whatsoever and one of the mosh ridiculous endings ever. Have no idea how it made so much money or why Johansson and Freeman signed on for it.
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1:32PM on 07/27/2014
Hopefully Brett Ratner never gets another directing job.
Hopefully Brett Ratner never gets another directing job.
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1:47PM on 07/27/2014
He will, it'll break even overseas as depressing as that sounds...
He will, it'll break even overseas as depressing as that sounds...
2:07PM on 07/27/2014
I concur...
I concur...
2:23PM on 07/27/2014
Idk. I mean, I know most movies usually do, but for this movie to make less than...the third movie in a trilogy 12 years ago? And then all the marketing. I know it'll get close, and I don't keep up with box office #s really well, but that seems more significant than the pacific rims and edge of tomorrows of the world
Idk. I mean, I know most movies usually do, but for this movie to make less than...the third movie in a trilogy 12 years ago? And then all the marketing. I know it'll get close, and I don't keep up with box office #s really well, but that seems more significant than the pacific rims and edge of tomorrows of the world
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