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, Dec. 21 - Sun, Dec. 23

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring$47,209,758--3,359--$14,055$75,127,2251New Line
2Ocean's Eleven$14,716,214-33%3,0750$4,786$95,345,2453Warner Bros.
3Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius$13,833,228--3,139--$4,407$13,833,2281Paramount
4Vanilla Sky$12,076,661-52%2,7442$4,401$45,082,5562Paramount
5How High$9,779,850--1,266--$7,725$9,779,8501Universal
6The Majestic$7,366,207--2,361--$3,120$7,366,2071Warner Bros.
7Not Another Teen Movie$7,152,950-43%2,3650$3,025$23,306,1262Sony / Columbia
8Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone$7,092,906-28%3,311-111$2,142$264,236,4386Warner Bros.
9Joe Somebody$5,377,635--2,506--$2,146$5,377,6351Fox
10Monsters, Inc.$3,801,332-24%2,097-365$1,813$224,448,1518Disney