'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, Jul. 6 - Sun, Jul. 8

Wide (1000+)

1Die Hard 2: Die Harder$21,744,661--2,507--$8,674$21,744,6611Fox
2Days of Thunder$10,707,895-31%2,3070$4,641$26,198,3402Paramount
3Dick Tracy$6,638,594-34%2,209-123$3,005$54,830,5464Disney
4Jetsons: The Movie$5,029,640--1,562--$3,220$5,029,6401Universal
5Total Recall (1990)$4,218,159-30%1,787-174$2,360$99,209,8676TriStar
6Another 48 HRS.$4,059,110-25%1,850-213$2,194$27,828,2175Paramount
7Robocop 2$3,640,415-43%1,80634$2,016$24,161,1623Orion
8Ghost Dad$3,186,810-34%1,2218$2,610$7,990,2902Universal
9Gremlins 2: The New Batch$2,641,487-42%1,810-327$1,459$24,009,1034Warner Bros.
10Pretty Woman$2,519,631-19%1,157-148$2,178$111,024,41716Disney