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. 22 - Sun, Jun. 24

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Fast and the Furious$40,087,564--2,628--$15,254$40,087,5641Universal
2Dr. Dolittle 2$25,037,039--3,049--$8,212$26,426,4801Fox
3Lara Croft, Tomb Raider$19,786,356-59%3,3124$5,974$67,524,0302Paramount
4Atlantis: The Lost Empire$12,586,394-38%3,07160$4,098$33,257,5102Disney
5Shrek$10,406,472-21%3,007-310$3,461$215,231,7776DreamWorks
6Swordfish$7,718,758-39%2,660-28$2,902$30,351,9523Warner Bros.
7Pearl Harbor$6,818,896-31%2,668-472$2,556$171,891,5405Disney
8Moulin Rouge!$3,852,298-23%1,585-499$2,430$43,435,4414Fox
9Evolution$3,288,195-50%2,258-355$1,456$32,321,1513DreamWorks
10The Animal$2,911,346-50%2,228-513$1,307$19,164,5034Sony / Columbia