'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. 15 - Sun, Mar. 17

Wide (1000+)

1Ice Age$46,311,390--3,316--$13,966$46,311,3901Fox
2Resident Evil$17,705,835--2,528--$7,004$17,705,8351Sony / Screen Gems
3Showtime$15,011,592--2,917--$5,146$15,011,5921Warner Bros.
4The Time Machine$10,796,810-52%2,95814$3,650$39,937,3762DreamWorks
5We Were Soldiers$8,488,331-40%3,1430$2,701$53,332,4913Paramount
6All About the Benjamins$4,990,628-50%1,51914$3,285$17,680,9642New Line
740 Days and 40 Nights$4,358,186-38%2,312-87$1,885$29,811,4333Miramax
8John Q.$3,622,711-39%2,019-363$1,794$65,192,1935New Line
9Return to Never Land$2,123,583-52%1,895-603$1,121$45,180,0015Disney