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, Jul. 27 - Sun, Jul. 29

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Planet of the Apes (2001)$68,532,960--3,500--$19,581$68,532,9601Fox
2Jurassic Park III$22,543,694-56%3,4395$6,555$124,825,3002Universal
3America's Sweethearts$15,402,622-49%3,0110$5,115$59,086,7702Sony / Columbia
4Legally Blonde$9,005,364-19%2,72530$3,305$40,486,4903MGM
5The Score$7,053,201-34%2,21151$3,190$49,145,9733Paramount
6Dr. Dolittle 2$4,633,6015%2,188-246$2,118$43,843,5076Fox
7Cats & Dogs$4,617,236-32%2,816-224$1,640$48,670,3284Warner Bros.
8The Fast and the Furious$4,088,892-23%2,385-347$1,714$132,478,8626Universal
9Scary Movie 2$2,717,900-40%2,179-623$1,247$65,153,0384Miramax / Dimension
10Shrek$1,791,647-21%1,439-112$1,245$255,524,26111DreamWorks