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, Dec. 8 - Sun, Dec. 10

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1How the Grinch Stole Christmas$18,647,457-31%3,18244$5,860$195,648,8214Universal
2Vertical Limit$15,507,845--2,307--$6,722$15,507,8451Sony / Columbia
3Proof of Life$10,207,869--2,705--$3,774$10,207,8691Warner Bros.
4Unbreakable$7,538,063-48%2,682-26$2,811$77,440,3083Disney
5Dungeons & Dragons$7,237,422--2,078--$3,483$7,237,4221New Line
6102 Dalmatians$6,233,029-25%2,7040$2,305$44,282,2233Disney
7Rugrats in Paris: The Movie$3,952,419-39%2,840-97$1,392$41,825,9464Paramount
8Meet the Parents$3,028,460-21%1,934-383$1,566$157,111,07510Universal
9Charlie's Angels$2,625,244-48%2,204-547$1,191$119,249,1636Sony / Columbia
10Bounce$2,592,226-41%2,02814$1,278$26,194,3154Miramax