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.

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Fugitive (1993)$18,148,331-19%2,38824$7,600$64,345,4633Warner Bros.
2Hard Target$10,106,500--1,972--$5,125$10,106,5001Universal
3The Secret Garden$4,291,916-7%1,33213$3,222$8,917,4992Warner Bros.
4Rising Sun$4,038,469-34%1,677-45$2,408$34,427,5214Fox
5Jurassic Park$3,760,034-13%1,653-139$2,275$306,105,70711Universal
6In the Line of Fire$3,419,491-23%1,683-125$2,032$89,642,8727Columbia
7Free Willy$3,090,048-23%1,715-105$1,802$36,112,0356Warner Bros.
8Heart and Souls$2,803,655-35%1,30126$2,155$7,125,9052Universal
9The Firm$2,602,524-24%1,358-243$1,916$59,034,0798Paramount
10Sleepless in Seattle$2,560,778-17%1,394-63$1,837$54,699,3709TriStar