'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, Mar. 8 - Sun, Mar. 10

Wide (1000+)

1The Time Machine$22,610,749--2,944--$7,680$22,610,7491DreamWorks
2We Were Soldiers$14,208,525-30%3,1430$4,521$40,554,0602Paramount
3All About the Benjamins$10,007,291--1,505--$6,649$10,007,2911New Line
440 Days and 40 Nights$7,033,952-42%2,399174$2,932$22,782,1882Miramax
5John Q.$5,924,783-30%2,382-74$2,487$59,696,9444New Line
6Return to Never Land$4,459,469-35%2,498-120$1,785$41,497,8254Disney
8Big Fat Liar$3,483,819-30%2,074-158$1,680$43,307,2175Universal
9Crossroads (2002)$2,442,226-40%2,173-128$1,124$34,335,5424Paramount
10Queen of the Damned$2,355,897-60%2,206-305$1,068$27,948,3923Warner Bros.