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. 10 - Sun, Sep. 12

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Resident Evil: Apocalypse$23,037,046--3,284--$7,015$23,037,0461Sony / Screen Gems
2Cellular$10,100,571--2,749--$3,674$10,100,5711New Line
3Without a Paddle$4,512,795-36%2,754-2$1,639$45,519,0454Paramount
4Hero (2002)$4,420,702-50%2,17583$2,033$41,653,7463Miramax
5The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement$2,933,011-61%2,452-687$1,196$89,260,9965Disney
6Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid$2,807,927-65%2,544-361$1,104$27,579,7153Sony / Screen Gems
7Paparazzi$2,771,359-65%2,15338$1,287$12,006,6882Fox
8Collateral$2,718,494-58%2,024-324$1,343$92,695,5816DreamWorks
9Vanity Fair$2,613,777-58%1,0543$2,480$11,098,4912Focus
10Wicker Park$2,509,277-63%2,5980$966$10,434,9122MGM