'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, Sep. 9 - Sun, Sep. 11

Wide (1000+)

1Forrest Gump$6,760,367-30%2,29852$2,942$155,628,19610Paramount
2Natural Born Killers$5,010,094-40%1,9040$2,631$18,363,1023Warner Bros.
3Clear and Present Danger$4,321,189-41%2,202-107$1,962$61,728,9146Paramount
4Trial by Jury$2,855,852--1,401--$2,038$2,855,8521Warner Bros.
5The Mask$2,825,711-57%2,175-341$1,299$70,772,0497New Line
6Milk Money$2,657,168-55%1,3610$1,952$8,503,7012Paramount
7The Next Karate Kid$2,620,484--1,489--$1,760$2,620,4845Columbia
8True Lies$2,153,995-48%1,547-144$1,392$91,434,3259Fox
9The Client$1,832,751-39%1,504-105$1,219$54,913,7468Warner Bros.
10The Lion King$1,805,418-54%1,151-180$1,569$133,898,27912Disney