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. 25 - Sun, Aug. 27

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Uncle Buck$6,725,275-24%1,83531$3,665$15,519,7762Universal
2Parenthood$6,380,724-16%1,38468$4,610$53,706,0544Universal
3The Abyss$4,734,287-34%1,525-13$3,104$21,267,1863Fox
4When Harry Met Sally...$4,056,399-17%1,17127$3,464$40,259,4367Columbia
5Lethal Weapon 2$3,335,582-26%1,560-24$2,138$82,964,6888Warner Bros.
6Turner & Hooch$3,021,348-29%1,551-43$1,948$34,364,3995Disney
7Casualties of War$2,866,498-45%1,4870$1,928$8,067,7592Columbia
8Batman (1989)$2,598,002-24%1,302-98$1,995$233,654,67310Warner Bros.
9Honey, I Shrunk the Kids$1,736,256-20%1,18931$1,460$67,862,87910Disney
10A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child$1,696,495-53%1,114-732$1,523$13,395,9913New Line