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. 9 - Sun, Sep. 11

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Exorcism of Emily Rose$30,054,493--2,981--$10,082$30,054,4931Sony / Screen Gems
2The 40-Year-Old Virgin$7,717,439-42%2,97473$2,595$82,125,5434Universal
3Transporter 2$7,388,758-55%3,32017$2,226$30,320,1102Fox
4The Constant Gardener$4,726,644-46%1,38135$3,423$19,018,8442Focus
5Red Eye$4,471,666-41%3,076-58$1,454$51,173,7414DreamWorks
6The Man$4,065,014--2,040--$1,993$4,065,0141New Line
7The Brothers Grimm$3,343,644-54%2,750-348$1,216$33,301,3513Miramax / Dimension
8Wedding Crashers$3,252,154-32%2,181-235$1,491$200,044,7629New Line
9Four Brothers$2,946,985-41%2,093-342$1,408$68,272,5455Paramount
10March of the Penguins$2,638,865-35%2,403-103$1,098$66,976,78012Warner Independent