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. 18 - Sun, May. 20

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shrek$42,347,860--3,587--$11,806$42,387,8701DreamWorks
2The Mummy Returns$20,435,956-39%3,45242$5,920$146,450,4403Universal
3A Knight's Tale$10,406,836-37%2,9800$3,492$15,361,8332Sony / Columbia
4Angel Eyes$9,225,575--2,375--$3,884$9,225,5751Warner Bros.
5Bridget Jones's Diary$3,730,451-16%2,142-364$1,742$17,810,6166Miramax
6Along Came a Spider$2,352,157-23%1,908-572$1,233$18,195,7887Paramount
7Driven$1,827,516-40%2,011-793$909$7,836,4904Warner Bros.
8Blow$1,401,608-25%1,133-369$1,237$15,941,3817New Line
9Spy Kids$1,286,388-52%2,035-564$632$47,288,6838Miramax / Dimension
10Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles$1,207,435-44%1,993-173$606$4,834,6665Paramount