'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, Oct. 11 - Sun, Oct. 13

Wide (1000+)

1Red Dragon$17,656,761-52%3,3636$5,250$63,279,6592Universal
2Sweet Home Alabama$14,261,481-33%3,31310$4,305$84,711,7093Disney
3Brown Sugar$10,738,212--1,372--$7,827$10,738,2121Fox Searchlight
4The Transporter$9,107,127--2,573--$3,539$9,107,1271Fox
5My Big Fat Greek Wedding$8,453,1593%2,01645$4,193$145,533,13726IFC Films
6The Tuxedo$7,047,221-30%2,985-37$2,361$37,039,3063DreamWorks
7White Oleander$5,607,674--1,510--$3,714$5,607,6741Warner Bros.
8Tuck Everlasting$5,268,816--1,185--$4,446$5,268,8161Disney
9Knockaround Guys$5,016,852--1,806--$2,778$5,016,8521New Line