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, May. 3 - Sun, May. 5

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Craft$6,710,995--1,757--$3,820$6,710,9951Sony / Columbia
2The Truth About Cats & Dogs$5,826,810-14%1,604191$3,633$12,596,1732Fox
3The Quest$4,216,980-40%2,0986$2,010$11,246,1002Universal
4Primal Fear$3,606,158-23%1,98328$1,819$32,875,6755Paramount
5The Great White Hype$3,349,481--1,496--$2,239$3,349,4811Fox
6Last Dance$2,690,253--1,563--$1,721$2,690,2531Disney
7The Birdcage$2,503,872-26%1,664-294$1,505$84,309,5369MGM/UA
8James and the Giant Peach$2,361,159-34%1,784-249$1,324$18,748,6714Disney
9Mulholland Falls$2,241,821-48%1,6250$1,380$6,548,0422MGM
10Sunset Park$1,912,870-59%1,2570$1,522$6,618,3102Sony / TriStar