Weekend Box Office Report: July 18-20 2014


BOX OFFICE REPORT July 25-27, 2014(estimates from BoxOfficeMojo.com)

TOP 51. Lucy ($44.0 million)2. Hercules ($29.0 million)3. Dawn of the Planet... ($16.4 million)4. The Purge: Anarchy ($9.8 million)5. Planes: Fire & Rescue  ($9.3 million)

And now we come to the best evidence disputing Hollywood's stance that women can't headline big movies. Lucy, starring Scarlett Johansson as a drug mule who accidentally becomes a superheroine, destroyed the competition. It made an estimated $44 million, which is far better than other action/sci-fi films with bona fide male leads. Yes, that's better than Tom Cruise's Edge of Tomorrow and Matt Damon's Elysium. 

It's also better than the latest version of Hercules, this one starring The Rock. Sure, $29 million isn't terrible, but when a major studio gets its butt kicked by a tiny European import, that's embarrassing. At least Paramount can take some consolation in knowing that it did far better than The Legend of Hercules, which also cost a ton, but only finished with $18.8 million.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes finally surpassed its predecessor and went into the black, while The Purge: Anarchy did its expected nose-dive, even though it's now made more than five times its budget. And Planes: Fire & Rescue dropped, but will stick around until it's time for the kids to go back to school.

Outside the top 5: - This Weekend's Indie Champ: Magic in the Moonlight, the latest trifle from Woody Allen, averaged $25,059 on only 17 screens.

- And so it was written: Transformers: Age of Extinction is the No. 1 movie of the summer, having taken in $236 million so far. It's almost at a billion worldwide. Hope you're happy with yourselves.

- Romantic comedy And So It Goes, spy thriller A Most Wanted Man and Gabriel Iglesias's stand-up performance The Fluffy Movie also opened, but none of them really made an impression. They all opened on more than 350 screens, but made less than $5 million each. 

Next week: Guardians of the Galaxy will be No. 1. It's based on a Marvel comic book but doesn't feature any of their popular characters. So it's going to debut anywhere between $70 and $100 million. But it's going to be big, and it's going to rule for most of the rest of the summer. Anything else opening will just be space dust.


About Stephen Davis

Stephen Davis
I owe this hobby/career to the one and only Stephanie Peterman who, while interning at Fox, told me that I had too many opinions and irrelevant information to keep it all bottled up inside. I survived my first rated R film, Alive, at the ripe age of 8, it took me months to grasp the fact that Julia Roberts actually died at the end of Steel Magnolias, and I might be the only person alive who actually enjoyed Sorority Row…for its comedic value of course. While my friends can drink you under the table, I can outwatch you when it comes iconic, yet horrid 80s films like Adventures in Babysitting and Troop Beverly Hills. I have no shame when it comes to what I like, and if you have a problem with that, then we’ll settle it on the racquetball court. I see too many movies to actually win any film trivia contest, so don’t waste your first pick on me. My friends rent movies from my bookcase shelves, and one day I do plan to start charging. I long to live in LA, where my movie obsession will actually help me fit in, but for now I am content with my home in Austin. I prefer indies to blockbusters, Longhorns to Sooners and Halloween to Friday the 13th. I miss the classics, as well as John Ritter, and I hope to one day sit down and interview the amazing Kate Winslet.

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