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, May. 12 - Sun, May. 14

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gladiator (2000)$24,644,272-29%2,9435$8,374$73,659,8412DreamWorks
2Battlefield Earth$11,548,898--3,307--$3,492$11,548,8981Warner Bros.
3U-571$5,738,954-26%2,820119$2,035$57,831,4374Universal
4Frequency$4,925,766-24%2,470-161$1,994$20,464,8493New Line
5The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas$4,640,709-30%3,12574$1,485$24,412,7823Universal
6Center Stage$4,604,621--1,506--$3,058$4,604,6211Sony / Columbia
7Where the Heart Is$4,001,707-22%2,411-28$1,660$17,407,7523Fox
8Screwed$3,340,499--1,759--$1,899$3,340,4991Universal
9Love & Basketball$1,942,129-38%1,047-145$1,855$22,432,8344New Line
10Keeping the Faith$1,893,018-32%1,596-418$1,186$32,271,2445Disney