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, Feb. 7 - Sun, Feb. 9

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days$23,774,484--2,923--$8,134$23,774,4841Paramount
2Shanghai Knights$19,603,271--2,753--$7,121$19,603,2711Disney
3Chicago$10,786,53353%1,8411218$5,859$63,786,6707Miramax
4The Recruit$9,226,344-43%2,3760$3,883$29,820,6642Disney
5Final Destination 2$8,389,650-48%2,8340$2,960$27,883,2772New Line
6Deliver Us from Eva$6,648,374--1,139--$5,837$6,648,3741Focus
7Kangaroo Jack$6,105,050-33%2,8480$2,144$53,038,0394Warner Bros.
8Biker Boyz$4,233,855-58%1,7693$2,393$16,016,2322DreamWorks
9Darkness Falls$3,821,223-46%2,456-409$1,556$26,807,0463Sony / Columbia
10The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers$3,518,592-31%1,680-495$2,094$320,858,9428New Line