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, Sep. 19 - Sun, Sep. 21

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Underworld$21,753,138--2,915--$7,462$21,753,1381Sony / Screen Gems
2Secondhand Lions$12,139,832--3,013--$4,029$12,139,8321New Line
3The Fighting Temptations$11,758,975--2,026--$5,804$11,758,9751Paramount
4Once Upon a Time in Mexico$11,007,676-53%3,2897$3,347$40,950,8722Sony / Columbia
5Cold Creek Manor$8,190,283--2,035--$4,025$8,190,2831Disney
6Matchstick Men$7,551,337-42%2,7110$2,785$24,233,8462Warner Bros.
7Cabin Fever$3,909,896-55%2,10518$1,857$14,726,0332Lionsgate
8Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star$3,784,276-25%2,0830$1,817$17,302,2233Paramount
9Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl$3,480,393-23%1,746-283$1,993$292,497,30511Disney
10Freaky Friday (2003)$2,539,747-37%1,850-717$1,373$105,095,8187Disney