'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, Apr. 29 - Sun, May. 1

Wide (1000+)

1The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy$21,105,233--3,133--$6,736$21,105,2331Disney
2The Interpreter$13,834,114-39%2,7646$5,005$43,152,8562Universal
3XXX: State of the Union$12,713,292--3,480--$3,653$12,713,2921Sony / Columbia
4The Amityville Horror (2005)$7,860,951-43%3,058-265$2,571$54,817,4763MGM
5Sahara (2005)$5,708,521-37%3,112-88$1,834$56,888,0734Paramount
6A Lot Like Love$5,085,054-33%2,5020$2,032$14,560,2492Disney
7Fever Pitch (2005)$3,534,269-36%2,192-683$1,612$36,319,2884Fox
8Kung Fu Hustle$3,317,955-51%2,440-63$1,360$12,443,2324Sony Pictures Classics
10Guess Who$2,151,354-39%1,863-621$1,155$65,437,1626Sony / Columbia