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, Dec. 16 - Sun, Dec. 18

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Twins$7,779,919-30%1,44953$5,369$22,136,4522Universal
2Rain Man$7,005,719--1,248--$5,614$7,005,7191MGM/UA
3The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!$5,607,011-8%1,937361$2,895$21,059,0113Paramount
4Scrooged$4,561,210-2%1,797471$2,538$35,287,3814Paramount
5Dirty Rotten Scoundrels$3,840,498--1,466--$2,620$3,840,4981Orion
6Tequila Sunrise$3,008,168-25%1,394279$2,158$13,393,0653Warner Bros.
7Oliver & Company$2,302,040-8%1,165213$1,976$18,271,9555Disney
8The Land Before Time$1,511,640-30%1,326-58$1,140$22,832,9755Universal
9My Stepmother Is an Alien$1,105,886-46%1,1104$996$3,172,8662Columbia
10Ernest Saves Christmas$950,189-37%1,307-246$727$20,614,5556Disney