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, Feb. 23 - Sun, Feb. 25

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Driving Miss Daisy$6,107,836-38%1,432130$4,265$41,126,22611Warner Bros.
2Hard to Kill$5,428,384-36%1,50856$3,600$23,062,3003Warner Bros.
3Madhouse$3,425,960-35%1,5542$2,205$8,666,7762Orion
4Revenge$2,868,512-53%1,3823$2,076$8,955,1842Columbia
5Born on the Fourth of July$2,513,160-39%1,43269$1,755$44,214,9278Universal
6Nightbreed$1,837,278-50%1,4880$1,235$5,546,1962Fox
7Stella$1,668,676-45%1,291-102$1,293$12,649,5034Disney
8Steel Magnolias$1,207,930-22%1,214-2$995$51,246,54415TriStar
9The Little Mermaid$1,048,730-41%1,157-168$906$55,752,91415Disney