Grosses

'Lucy' Strong with $48.9M in Four Days; $33.1M for 'Hercules' Over the Same SpanJuly 29, 2014 12:41 PM

by Daniel Garris

Universal's Lucy took in $4.97 million on Monday to lead the daily box office for a fourth consecutive day. The modestly budgeted sci-fi action film starring Scarlett Johansson fell 58 percent from Sunday. Lucy continues to exceed expectations with a strong four-day start of $48.87 million and will zoom past the $50 million mark today. The film is currently running 22 percent ahead of the $40.13 million four-day take of 2010's Salt.

Hercules continued to hold its own with a second place take of $3.34 million. The Dwayne Johnson led 3D action-adventure film from Paramount and MGM did fall 61 percent from Sunday, which represented the day's poorest daily percentage hold among wide releases. Hercules has grossed a stronger than expected $33.14 million in four days. That places the film 8 percent behind the $36.03 million four-day start of 2012's Wrath of the Titans.

Fox's Dawn of the Planet of the Apes took third place with $2.21 million. The critically acclaimed 3D sci-fi action sequel was down 58 percent from Sunday and down a so-so 47 percent from last Monday. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes has clearly taken a bit of a hit from the stronger than expected performances of Lucy and Hercules. With that said the film counties to exceed expectations with $174.67 million in 18 days.

Universal's The Purge: Anarchy claimed fourth with $1.53 million. The low budget horror sequel was down just 50 percent from Sunday and down a respectable 54 percent from last Monday. The Purge: Anarchy continues to perform well and has now grossed $53.39 million in eleven days. That places the film just ahead of the $53.14 million eleven-day take of last year's The Purge.

Planes: Fire and Rescue followed closely behind in fifth with $1.499 million. The modestly budgeted computer animated sequel from Disney fell 51 percent from Sunday and just 19 percent from last Monday. With an eleven-day take of $36.85 million, Planes: Fire and Rescue is currently running 21 percent behind the $46.76 million eleven-day gross of last year's Planes.

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, Jul. 4 - Sun, Jul. 6

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Karate Kid Part II$6,284,953-29%1,298-29$4,842$27,807,9143Columbia
2Ruthless People$5,285,8430%1,1143$4,745$10,560,1492Disney
3Back to School$5,076,101-26%1,746-5$2,907$28,609,1254Orion
4Top Gun$4,636,548-8%1,386-99$3,345$54,511,8468Paramount
5Legal Eagles$4,357,740-28%1,231-17$3,540$18,423,9483Universal
6Running Scared$4,190,295-20%1,365-11$3,070$9,418,0522MGM
7Ferris Bueller's Day Off$3,359,881-22%1,3300$2,526$19,669,3744Paramount
8Psycho III$3,238,400--1,408--$2,300$3,238,4001Universal
9The Great Mouse Detective$3,220,225--1,138--$2,830$3,220,2251Disney
10Big Trouble in Little China$2,723,211--1,053--$2,586$2,723,2111Fox