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, Mar. 14 - Sun, Mar. 16

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Return of the Jedi: Special Edition$16,293,531--2,111--$7,718$16,293,5311Fox
2Jungle 2 Jungle$10,936,587-15%2,3237$4,708$23,748,6342Disney
3Private Parts$8,710,102-40%2,1380$4,074$23,326,4352Paramount
4Donnie Brasco$5,418,077-31%1,5930$3,401$24,910,0973Sony / TriStar
5The Empire Strikes Back: Special Edition$5,127,288-36%2,322206$2,208$48,297,9854Fox
6Absolute Power$2,409,336-35%1,605-511$1,501$45,551,8855Sony / Columbia
7Star Wars: Special Edition$2,275,828-42%1,430-609$1,591$105,613,3057Fox
8Booty Call$2,143,955-47%1,154-118$1,858$12,634,1893Sony / Columbia
9Dante's Peak$2,022,500-37%1,618-661$1,250$36,132,0706Universal
10Vegas Vacation$1,573,032-34%1,534-339$1,025$15,067,2625Warner Bros.