'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 continues 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. 5 - Sun, Mar. 7

Wide (1000+)

1Analyze This$18,383,507--2,518--$7,301$18,383,5071Warner Bros.
2Cruel Intentions$13,020,565--2,312--$5,632$13,020,5651Sony / Columbia
38MM$7,011,240-51%2,3700$2,958$25,328,2922Sony / Columbia
4The Other Sister$5,731,839-13%1,846503$3,105$12,356,2842Disney
5Payback (1999)$4,128,407-39%2,8553$1,446$44,495,4665Paramount
6October Sky$3,701,640-23%1,695-7$2,184$14,415,0403Universal
7My Favorite Martian$3,591,888-28%2,309-40$1,556$26,658,4874Disney
8Message in a Bottle$3,411,546-47%2,489-56$1,371$21,968,0414Warner Bros.
9Shakespeare in Love$3,306,893-24%1,721-199$1,921$48,989,13813Miramax
10She's All That$2,566,767-29%1,865-436$1,376$39,181,7836Miramax