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, Feb. 19 - Sun, Feb. 21

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Payback (1999)$10,268,237-34%2,76817$3,710$33,578,6923Paramount
2Message in a Bottle$10,042,342-40%2,5457$3,946$12,143,7582Warner Bros.
3My Favorite Martian$6,911,596-38%2,31237$2,989$18,092,6392Disney
4October Sky$5,905,250--1,495--$3,950$5,905,2501Universal
5Blast from the Past$5,839,227-36%2,5442$2,295$14,999,4902New Line
6Shakespeare in Love$5,827,713-36%2,03074$2,871$41,309,61311Miramax
7She's All That$5,288,563-38%2,639-15$2,004$33,006,0434Miramax
8Office Space$4,231,727--1,740--$2,432$4,231,7271Fox
9Saving Private Ryan$2,417,147-28%1,139-1$2,122$202,919,00831DreamWorks
10Patch Adams$1,742,376-51%1,570-531$1,110$129,357,6649Universal