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, Aug. 28 - Sun, Aug. 30

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Stakeout$4,729,337-15%1,341239$3,527$21,034,2344Disney
2No Way Out$3,836,7571%1,128311$3,401$11,913,0343Orion
3The Fourth Protocol$3,636,831--1,061--$3,428$3,636,8311Lorimar
4The Big Easy$3,027,308757%1,1381106$2,660$3,380,5672Columbia
5Can't Buy Me Love$2,711,021-33%1,216-67$2,229$11,507,5843Disney
6La Bamba$2,637,528-20%1,093-12$2,413$24,907,4436Columbia
7House II: The Second Story$2,573,934--1,069--$2,408$2,573,9341New World
8Born in East L.A.$2,470,800-43%1,065-47$2,320$6,829,8402Universal
9The Living Daylights$2,109,503-41%1,298-301$1,625$29,477,0535MGM/UA