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, Oct. 8 - Sun, Oct. 10

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shark Tale$31,330,275-34%4,07054$7,698$87,351,3892DreamWorks
2Friday Night Lights$20,268,965--2,667--$7,600$20,268,9651Universal
3Ladder 49$13,106,421-41%3,2611$4,019$41,025,1692Disney
4Taxi (2004)$12,028,924--3,001--$4,008$12,649,5081Fox
5The Forgotten$7,605,825-36%2,981-163$2,551$48,724,5443Sony / Columbia
6Raise Your Voice$4,022,693--2,521--$1,596$4,022,6931New Line
7Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow$2,342,041-29%1,743-978$1,344$33,932,5364Paramount
8Resident Evil: Apocalypse$1,253,357-46%1,217-769$1,030$49,009,9145Sony / Screen Gems
9Cellular$953,657-53%1,152-868$828$29,682,2725New Line
10Mr. 3000$944,514-63%1,386-853$681$20,658,7734Disney