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. 6 - Sun, Oct. 8

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Departed$26,886,818--3,017--$8,912$26,886,8181Warner Bros.
2The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning$18,508,228--2,820--$6,563$18,508,2281New Line
3Open Season (2006)$15,625,128-34%3,8330$4,076$43,753,0212Sony / Columbia
4Employee of the Month$11,409,030--2,579--$4,424$11,409,0301Lionsgate
5The Guardian (2006)$9,570,277-47%3,2410$2,953$32,321,6732Disney
6jackass: number two$6,515,710-55%3,007-56$2,167$62,809,4463Paramount
7School for Scoundrels (2006)$3,433,207-60%3,0073$1,142$13,989,2602MGM / Weinstein
8Jet Li's Fearless$2,289,887-54%1,617-193$1,416$21,760,6263Rogue
9Gridiron Gang$2,236,743-51%2,228-805$1,004$36,556,0114Sony / Columbia
10The Illusionist (2006)$1,905,644-30%1,149-170$1,659$34,151,6728Yari Film Group