'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, Sep. 22 - Sun, Sep. 24

Wide (1000+)

1Urban Legends: Final Cut$8,505,513--2,539--$3,350$8,505,5131Sony / Columbia
2Almost Famous$6,926,467199%1,1931062$5,806$9,241,1132DreamWorks
3Bring It On$4,275,412-16%2,45730$1,740$55,996,2625Universal
4The Watcher$3,666,099-37%2,77732$1,320$22,759,0103Universal
5Bait$3,365,674-39%2,3520$1,431$8,851,2652Warner Bros.
6Nurse Betty$3,270,176-30%1,49122$2,193$18,320,6483USA Films
7What Lies Beneath$2,192,543-9%1,819-188$1,205$148,431,24910DreamWorks
8Space Cowboys$2,156,506-14%2,170-291$994$83,698,1928Warner Bros.
9Woman on Top$2,008,191--1,085--$1,851$2,008,1911Fox Searchlight
10The Cell$1,604,220-34%1,903-347$843$34,897,8186New Line