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, Mar. 22 - Sun, Mar. 24

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Blade II$32,528,016--2,707--$12,016$32,528,0161New Line
2Ice Age$30,056,848-35%3,34529$8,986$87,292,3362Fox
3E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (2002 re-issue)$14,224,141--3,007--$4,730$14,224,1411Universal
4Showtime$8,145,169-46%2,9170$2,792$26,803,5832Warner Bros.
5Resident Evil$6,704,518-62%2,5280$2,652$28,934,3872Sony / Screen Gems
6We Were Soldiers$5,728,150-33%2,859-284$2,004$60,738,5684Paramount
7The Time Machine$5,324,460-51%2,809-149$1,896$48,160,2593DreamWorks
8Sorority Boys$4,126,371--1,801--$2,291$4,126,3711Disney
940 Days and 40 Nights$2,719,233-38%1,831-481$1,485$34,135,8504Miramax
10All About the Benjamins$2,257,026-55%1,123-396$2,010$21,301,3153New Line