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. 22 - Sun, Dec. 24

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Christmas Vacation$7,007,789-3%1,9500$3,594$35,290,5614Warner Bros.
2Tango & Cash$6,628,918--1,409--$4,705$6,628,9181Warner Bros.
3The War of the Roses$5,518,959-21%1,45560$3,793$21,983,2413Fox
4Back to the Future Part II$4,067,370-8%2,10279$1,935$81,877,4695Universal
5Always$3,713,480--1,016--$3,655$3,713,4801Universal
6The Little Mermaid$3,319,66432%1,513264$2,194$27,053,1956Disney
7Steel Magnolias$2,591,55024%1,329227$1,950$25,043,8586TriStar
8Family Business$1,568,250-26%1,23029$1,275$3,698,2742TriStar
9Look Who's Talking$1,528,800-3%1,365-98$1,120$86,450,83311TriStar
10We're No Angels$1,418,925-31%1,495256$949$3,466,5552Paramount