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, Oct. 11 - Sun, Oct. 13

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Ghost and the Darkness$9,215,063--2,142--$4,302$9,215,0631Paramount
2The First Wives Club$9,129,015-17%2,40694$3,794$54,374,3124Paramount
3The Long Kiss Goodnight$9,065,363--2,245--$4,038$9,065,3631New Line
4The Chamber$5,612,095--2,026--$2,770$5,612,0951Universal
5That Thing You Do!$4,929,221-21%1,88717$2,612$11,137,8162Fox
6D3: The Mighty Ducks$4,161,537-33%2,0582$2,022$10,331,8952Disney
7The Glimmer Man$4,093,674-46%2,2360$1,831$11,699,1782Warner Bros.
8Extreme Measures$1,641,575-59%1,923-375$854$12,600,3883Sony / Columbia
9Fly Away Home$1,603,033-20%1,4010$1,144$15,164,3745Sony / Columbia
10Independence Day$1,296,877-13%1,525-63$850$297,438,97615Fox