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. 28 - Sun, Nov. 30

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat$24,459,651-36%3,4673$7,055$75,831,8252Universal
2The Haunted Mansion$24,279,392--3,122--$7,777$34,047,7931Disney
3Elf$21,649,90816%3,202-179$6,761$129,020,8194New Line
4Gothika$12,868,173-33%2,3820$5,402$41,279,1592Warner Bros.
5Bad Santa$12,292,952--2,005--$6,131$16,802,1211Miramax / Dimension
6Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World$12,049,693-21%2,703-398$4,458$66,632,7313Fox
7The Missing$10,833,544--2,756--$3,931$15,233,0311Sony / Columbia
8Timeline$8,440,166--2,787--$3,028$12,424,1051Paramount
9Love Actually$8,219,037-5%1,71424$4,795$43,392,7904Universal
10Brother Bear$4,873,459-9%2,034-851$2,396$77,696,3235Disney