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, Aug. 28 - Sun, Aug. 30

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Honeymoon in Vegas$7,318,157--1,637--$4,470$7,318,1571Columbia
2Unforgiven$5,653,523-27%2,078-9$2,721$55,131,9314Warner Bros.
3Pet Sematary II$4,825,100--1,852--$2,605$4,825,1001Paramount
4Single White Female$4,608,402-28%1,7440$2,642$21,236,2253Columbia
5Death Becomes Her$2,685,945-29%1,846-20$1,455$32,320,4155Universal
6Rapid Fire$2,330,408-52%1,8291$1,274$7,146,2582Fox
7A League of Their Own$2,062,335-24%1,575-140$1,309$65,463,4629Sony / Columbia
83 Ninjas$1,679,025-35%1,734-176$968$14,766,5274Disney
9Sister Act$1,479,212-13%1,131-41$1,308$82,342,74814Disney
10Christopher Columbus: The Discovery$1,439,273-54%1,5126$952$4,540,8362Warner Bros.