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, Nov. 1 - Sun, Nov. 3

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Santa Clause 2$29,008,005--3,350--$8,659$29,008,0051Disney
2The Ring$18,117,009-2%2,808174$6,452$64,546,4573DreamWorks
3I Spy$12,752,796--3,182--$4,008$12,752,7961Sony / Columbia
4jackass: the movie$12,729,732-44%2,53021$5,032$42,121,2902Paramount
5Ghost Ship$6,654,910-42%2,7870$2,388$21,350,8622Warner Bros.
6My Big Fat Greek Wedding$5,623,149-9%1,97710$2,844$171,829,89629IFC Films
7Sweet Home Alabama$4,597,890-30%2,441-741$1,884$113,446,5256Disney
8Punch-Drunk Love$4,003,38121%1,252771$3,198$10,859,8234Sony / Columbia
9Red Dragon$2,726,968-41%1,949-937$1,399$89,043,6135Universal
10Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie$1,493,324-46%1,604-21$931$21,625,6365Artisan