'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. 1 - Sun, Oct. 3

Wide (1000+)

1Double Jeopardy$17,018,808-27%2,884337$5,901$47,138,3422Paramount
2Three Kings$15,847,636--2,942--$5,387$15,847,6361Warner Bros.
3Blue Streak$8,008,574-36%2,7350$2,928$39,764,4733Sony / Columbia
4The Sixth Sense$7,025,098-17%2,82130$2,490$233,407,2239Disney
5Drive Me Crazy$6,846,112--2,222--$3,081$6,846,1121Fox
6For Love of the Game$3,548,930-45%2,93379$1,210$23,026,3853Universal
7The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland$3,255,033--1,210--$2,690$3,255,0331Sony / Columbia
8Mystery, Alaska$3,102,191--1,673--$1,854$3,102,1911Disney
10Stir of Echoes$1,228,061-46%1,502-395$818$17,296,4494Artisan