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. 30 - Sun, Nov. 1

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1John Carpenter's Vampires$9,106,497--1,793--$5,079$9,106,4971Sony / Columbia
2Pleasantville$6,879,604-22%1,761125$3,907$15,734,6672New Line
3Practical Magic$5,352,047-39%2,642-10$2,026$27,249,2463Warner Bros.
4Antz$4,512,102-44%2,9290$1,540$67,798,0105DreamWorks
5Bride of Chucky$4,033,545-43%2,46722$1,635$22,942,6753Universal
6Rush Hour$3,799,380-35%2,402-200$1,582$97,709,4577New Line
7Soldier$2,824,653-56%2,501-6$1,129$9,271,8902Warner Bros.
8Beloved (1998)$2,656,117-38%1,57164$1,691$15,108,0853Disney
9What Dreams May Come$2,284,940-43%2,080-194$1,099$39,476,9895PolyGram
10Apt Pupil$1,728,808-52%1,4480$1,194$5,311,9592Sony / TriStar