The ComingSoon.net Box Office Report has been updated with studio estimates for the weekend. Click here for the full box office estimates of the top 12 films and then check back on Monday for the final figures based on actual box office.
Following two weekends ruled by apes, writer/director Luc Besson's Lucy took over the domestic box office with an estimated $44 million from 3,173 theaters. Starring Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman, the Universal Pictures action thriller averaged $13,875 per theater and cost about $40 million to make.
Coming in at second was director Brett Ratner's new action-adventure Hercules, which actually opened in more theaters (3,595) than Lucy but earned $29 million its first weekend, an average of $8,067. Internationally, the film debuted with $28.7 million for a worldwide total of $57.7 million. The Paramount Pictures and MGM release, starring Dwayne Johnson, cost $100 million to make.
In its third weekend, 20th Century Fox's Dawn of the Planet of the Apes dropped to third place with $16.4 million for a domestic total of $172 million so far. Internationally, the Matt Reeves-directed sequel has earned $181.9 million for a worldwide total of $354 million. It cost $170 million to make.
Universal's The Purge: Anarchy dropped two spots to fourth its second weekend, taking in $9.9 million for a sum of $51.3 million. Not bad for a film that cost just $9 million to make!
Walt Disney Pictures' Planes: Fire & Rescue rounded out the top five with $9.3 million its second weekend and has brought in $35.1 million to date. It will be a struggle for the film to get back its $50 million budget, though it will likely be popular with its home release.
Columbia Pictures' Sex Tape added just $5.98 million its second weekend in sixth place and has brought in just $26.9 million compared to its budget of $40 million.
Also, Michael Bay's Transformers: Age of Extinction continues to perform strong around the world. The movie added $4.6 million domestically for a $236.4 million total, while internationally it earned another $37.5 million for an overseas total of $730 million (of which $301 million is coming just from China!). That means the film is now up to $966.4 million worldwide and should cross the $1 billion mark soon.
Click here for the full box office estimates of the top 12 films.