'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, Feb. 2 - Sun, Feb. 4

Wide (1000+)

1The Wedding Planner$10,605,370-21%2,7850$3,808$27,762,3082Sony / Columbia
2Valentine$10,024,648--2,310--$4,340$10,024,6481Warner Bros.
3Save the Last Dance$7,172,510-27%2,5709$2,791$64,884,5604Paramount
4Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon$6,817,27735%1,163295$5,862$52,978,7839Sony Pictures Classics
5Head Over Heels$4,803,640--2,338--$2,055$4,803,6401Universal
6Finding Forrester$4,213,168-12%1,983-19$2,125$21,674,9447Sony / Columbia
7Snatch$4,006,923-15%1,240-204$3,231$16,746,7617Sony / Screen Gems
8Chocolat (2000)$3,649,2439%1,173-30$3,111$16,691,8728Miramax
9Sugar & Spice$3,621,274-39%2,1500$1,684$9,512,4502New Line
10What Women Want (2000)$3,254,151-26%1,932-679$1,684$170,769,2018Paramount