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, Nov. 11 - Sun, Nov. 13

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Interview with the Vampire$36,389,705--2,604--$13,975$36,389,7051Warner Bros.
2The Santa Clause$19,321,992--2,183--$8,851$19,321,9921Disney
3Stargate$8,107,032-34%2,0330$3,988$37,126,8283MGM/UA
4Pulp Fiction$4,104,099-20%1,404-90$2,923$32,637,3825Miramax
5Mary Shelley's Frankenstein$3,721,480-67%2,1770$1,709$14,934,3692Sony / TriStar
6The War$3,555,555-32%1,513358$2,350$8,758,8302Universal
7The Specialist$2,133,437-32%1,809-224$1,179$38,692,8826Warner Bros.
8Forrest Gump$1,539,975-22%1,167-176$1,320$186,915,68719Paramount
9The River Wild$1,378,260-36%1,209-353$1,140$32,759,2657Universal
10Love Affair$1,333,274-44%1,164-268$1,145$12,763,1334Warner Bros.