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, Jan. 6 - Sun, Jan. 8

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dumb and Dumber$9,177,151-22%2,53562$3,620$25,540,5934New Line
2Disclosure$7,261,884-38%2,082-86$3,488$44,805,6495Warner Bros.
3Houseguest$5,831,302--1,238--$4,710$5,831,3021Disney
4Nell$4,613,817-22%1,201323$3,842$13,771,7164Fox
5The Jungle Book (1994)$4,495,094-56%2,01231$2,234$19,811,7223Disney
6I.Q.$3,718,257-42%1,4121$2,633$13,229,0693Paramount
7Richie Rich$3,652,279-47%1,76113$2,074$3,652,2794Warner Bros.
8The Santa Clause$2,092,714-74%2,002-293$1,045$106,126,5209Disney
9Speechless$2,002,893-46%1,4040$1,427$13,045,1024MGM
10Drop Zone$1,632,512-52%1,224-538$1,334$18,369,2865Paramount