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, May. 1 - Sun, May. 3

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Secret of My Success$4,609,670-17%1,333-13$3,458$25,374,1824Universal
2Blind Date$2,299,239-10%1,299-78$1,770$25,511,4546TriStar
3Extreme Prejudice$2,060,886-41%1,0710$1,924$5,559,8432TriStar
4Project X (1987)$2,037,468-24%1,024-1$1,990$8,023,9893Fox
5Lethal Weapon$1,665,998-19%1,132-136$1,472$38,833,6139Warner Bros.
6Platoon$1,577,689-20%1,306-146$1,208$88,065,33920Orion
7The Aristocats (1987 re-issue)$1,418,149-32%1,405-26$1,009$9,998,5604Disney
8Malone$1,377,691--1,326--$1,039$1,377,6911Orion Pictures
9Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol$1,216,632-37%1,185-357$1,027$19,196,1825Warner Bros.