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, Apr. 26 - Sun, Apr. 28

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Quest$7,029,120--2,092--$3,360$7,029,1201Universal
2The Truth About Cats & Dogs$6,769,363--1,413--$4,791$6,769,3631Fox
3Sunset Park$4,705,440--1,257--$3,743$4,705,4401Sony / TriStar
4Primal Fear$4,704,262-29%1,955-28$2,406$29,269,5174Paramount
5Mulholland Falls$4,306,221--1,625--$2,650$4,306,2211MGM
6James and the Giant Peach$3,580,612-32%2,033-235$1,761$16,387,5123Disney
7The Birdcage$3,365,322-29%1,958-327$1,719$81,805,6648MGM/UA
8The Substitute$2,705,358-56%1,76220$1,535$8,802,1912Orion
9Fear$2,349,060-40%1,598-17$1,470$12,585,7653Universal
10A Thin Line Between Love and Hate$2,029,279-42%1,092-39$1,858$20,642,8514New Line