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, Dec. 24 - Sun, Dec. 26

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Pelican Brief$11,124,936-34%2,00815$5,540$27,989,3402Warner Bros.
2Mrs. Doubtfire$9,370,0593%2,30515$4,065$70,878,3135Fox
3Tombstone$6,454,752--1,504--$4,292$6,454,7521Disney
4Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit$5,277,2941%2,17829$2,423$18,084,8303Disney
5Beethoven's 2nd$4,255,485-29%2,04115$2,085$10,272,7102Universal
6Grumpy Old Men$3,874,911--1,244--$3,115$3,874,9111Warner Bros.
7Wayne's World 2$3,595,506-43%2,320-80$1,550$23,388,8563Paramount
8Geronimo: An American Legend$1,704,668-26%1,63631$1,042$8,033,8583Columbia
9Batman: Mask of the Phantasm$1,190,707--1,506--$791$1,190,7071Warner Bros.
10The Three Musketeers (1993)$1,083,844-13%1,006-274$1,077$34,403,6607Disney