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, Oct. 18 - Sun, Oct. 20

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Ring$15,016,182--1,981--$7,580$15,016,1821DreamWorks
2Sweet Home Alabama$9,559,443-33%3,282-31$2,913$98,470,7314Disney
3Red Dragon$8,761,287-50%3,307-56$2,649$77,807,7963Universal
4My Big Fat Greek Wedding$7,145,309-15%2,014-2$3,548$155,877,99827IFC Films
5Brown Sugar$5,213,344-51%1,3786$3,783$18,499,7512Fox Searchlight
6The Transporter$5,083,323-44%2,61037$1,948$17,190,6912Fox
7Abandon$5,065,312--2,341--$2,164$5,065,3121Paramount
8The Tuxedo$4,122,809-41%2,424-561$1,701$43,151,8314DreamWorks
9Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie$3,906,2237%1,581407$2,471$16,026,5253Artisan
10Tuck Everlasting$3,760,283-29%1,448263$2,597$10,583,2662Disney