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, Jun. 1 - Sun, Jun. 3

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Pearl Harbor$29,558,276-50%3,2140$9,197$118,852,2842Disney
2Shrek$28,172,872-34%3,66138$7,695$148,361,9983DreamWorks
3The Animal$19,610,520--2,788--$7,034$19,610,5201Sony / Columbia
4Moulin Rouge!$13,718,9475085%2,2792277$6,020$14,395,4921Fox
5What's the Worst That Could Happen?$13,049,114--2,675--$4,878$13,049,1141MGM
6The Mummy Returns$7,752,923-59%3,206-347$2,418$181,180,3825Universal
7A Knight's Tale$3,417,394-53%2,441-523$1,400$15,245,1534Sony / Columbia
8Bridget Jones's Diary$2,014,889-52%1,301-440$1,549$19,608,9028Miramax
9Angel Eyes$1,888,660-62%2,007-400$941$7,561,3523Warner Bros.