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. 21 - Sun, Nov. 23

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat$38,330,309--3,464--$11,065$38,330,3091Universal
2Gothika$19,289,664--2,382--$8,098$19,289,6641Warner Bros.
3Elf$18,715,992-29%3,3810$5,536$94,740,2583New Line
4Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World$15,212,900-39%3,1010$4,906$47,278,4762Fox
5Love Actually$8,644,424-1%1,690513$5,115$30,438,6963Universal
6The Matrix Revolutions$7,031,714-57%3,024-478$2,325$125,384,5373Warner Bros.
7Brother Bear$5,346,229-56%2,885-145$1,853$70,320,7964Disney
8Looney Tunes: Back in Action$4,214,213-55%2,9030$1,452$14,890,7532Warner Bros.
9Scary Movie 3$3,135,252-49%2,359-601$1,329$106,483,6325Miramax / Dimension
10Radio$2,618,311-46%1,925-491$1,360$47,083,9355Sony / Columbia