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 continues 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, Apr. 19 - Sun, Apr. 21

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Primal Fear$6,585,472-19%1,9830$3,321$24,565,2553Paramount
2The Substitute$6,096,833--1,742--$3,500$6,096,8331Orion
3James and the Giant Peach$5,267,802-30%2,2686$2,323$12,806,9002Disney
4The Birdcage$4,737,737-30%2,2850$2,073$78,440,3427MGM/UA
5Fear$3,924,465-38%1,61531$2,430$10,236,7052Universal
6Mrs. Winterbourne$3,872,900--1,612--$2,403$3,872,9001Sony / TriStar
7Celtic Pride$3,809,248--1,832--$2,079$3,809,2481Disney
8A Thin Line Between Love and Hate$3,505,525-40%1,1310$3,099$18,613,5723New Line
9Sgt. Bilko$2,222,845-43%2,190-136$1,015$20,324,8454Universal
10Executive Decision$1,795,816-42%1,543-539$1,164$38,467,0576Warner Bros.