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, Jun. 23 - Sun, Jun. 25

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Pocahontas$29,531,619998%2,5692563$11,495$32,221,3331Disney
2Batman Forever$29,212,765-45%2,89351$10,098$106,615,0142Warner Bros.
3Congo$8,083,463-24%2,6760$3,021$43,428,8723Paramount
4The Bridges of Madison County$6,204,640-6%1,961-25$3,164$32,641,3904Warner Bros.
5Casper$4,908,472-26%2,544-213$1,929$75,312,8455Universal
6Braveheart$4,045,862-2%1,885-152$2,146$34,094,0205Paramount
7Die Hard: With A Vengeance$3,920,711-7%1,936-264$2,025$50,136,1396Fox
8Crimson Tide$3,111,812-12%1,540-264$2,021$48,440,3247Disney
9Forget Paris$1,813,3398%1,048-332$1,730$23,066,5536Sony / Columbia
10While You Were Sleeping$1,475,280-12%1,001-241$1,474$53,606,31210Disney