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, Apr. 26 - Sun, Apr. 28

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Oscar$5,091,027--1,388--$3,668$5,091,0271Disney
2A Kiss Before Dying$4,348,165--1,523--$2,855$4,348,1651Universal
3Toy Soldiers$4,182,300--1,350--$3,098$4,182,3001TriStar
4Out for Justice$4,010,601-43%2,004-6$2,001$21,550,9583Warner Bros.
5Mortal Thoughts$3,223,896-47%1,190227$2,709$9,292,4202Columbia
6The Silence of the Lambs$2,590,546-25%1,627-15$1,592$70,128,27311Orion
7Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II$2,400,356-46%2,257-319$1,064$53,577,9286New Line
8Dances with Wolves$2,065,096-30%1,597-28$1,293$119,231,12723Orion
9Sleeping with the Enemy$1,390,141-34%1,279-168$1,087$57,562,61012Fox
10Home Alone$1,122,205-32%1,248-201$899$181,626,22324Fox