'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. 22 - Sun, Feb. 24

Wide (1000+)

1The Silence of the Lambs$11,947,7653%1,51518$7,886$15,518,8452Orion
2Sleeping with the Enemy$9,216,223-19%1,48821$6,194$22,994,1663Fox
3King Ralph$5,018,400-40%1,63215$3,075$13,345,9502Universal
4Home Alone$4,831,317-35%1,775-40$2,722$159,586,89515Fox
5Dances with Wolves$4,225,329-32%1,60248$2,638$87,446,12514Orion
6Scenes From a Mall$3,825,068--1,039--$3,681$3,825,0681Disney
7L.A. Story$2,762,364-47%1,1222$2,462$14,576,0793TriStar
8The Neverending Story II$1,855,707-56%1,2080$1,536$11,000,8813Warner Bros.
9Nothing But Trouble$1,854,835-53%1,6710$1,110$5,821,0752Warner Bros.
10White Fang$1,693,425-46%1,19228$1,421$22,671,2106Disney