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, Jun. 26 - Sun, Jun. 28

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dragnet$10,542,669--1,337--$7,885$10,542,6691Universal
2Spaceballs$6,613,837--1,384--$4,779$6,613,8371MGM
3The Witches of Eastwick$6,309,402-24%1,317194$4,791$24,014,8703Warner Bros.
4Beverly Hills Cop II$5,559,475-25%2,191-135$2,537$91,749,3986Paramount
5Predator$5,222,538-37%1,632-4$3,200$25,480,0453Fox
6The Untouchables$5,070,891-29%1,491-10$3,401$29,218,6724Paramount
7Benji the Hunted$3,510,97315%1,1880$2,955$6,595,1194Disney
8Harry and the Hendersons$2,293,075-35%1,369-55$1,675$14,165,8584Universal
9The Believers$1,738,342-36%1,326-222$1,311$8,815,2403Orion