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, Jul. 17 - Sun, Jul. 19

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Honey, I Blew Up the Kid$11,083,318--2,311--$4,796$11,083,3181Disney
2A League of Their Own$9,175,310-21%2,08424$4,403$39,917,7013Sony / Columbia
3Boomerang$6,705,741-28%2,010-135$3,336$35,623,0793Paramount
4Universal Soldier$5,595,930-44%1,9237$2,910$15,653,0142TriStar
5Sister Act$4,829,728-23%1,941-43$2,488$65,472,8638Disney
6Batman Returns$4,303,307-44%2,052-592$2,097$145,483,1245Warner Bros.
7Unlawful Entry$4,066,818-23%1,450-64$2,805$25,924,9374Fox
8Prelude to a Kiss$3,287,405-38%1,2481$2,634$8,560,8002Fox
9Cool World$2,304,910-59%1,600152$1,441$7,861,3612Paramount
10Housesitter$2,184,015-33%1,365-295$1,600$31,497,2806Universal