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, Jan. 26 - Sun, Jan. 28

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Epic Movie$18,613,094--2,801--$6,645$18,613,0941Fox
2Smokin' Aces$14,637,799--2,218--$6,600$14,637,7991Universal
3Night at the Museum$9,555,810-20%3,241-242$2,948$216,847,1626Fox
4Stomp the Yard$7,685,477-37%2,11564$3,634$50,540,3933Sony / Screen Gems
5Catch and Release$7,658,705--1,622--$4,722$7,658,7051Sony / Columbia
6Dreamgirls$6,741,910-16%2,785571$2,421$86,779,6855Paramount / DreamWorks
7The Pursuit of Happyness$4,982,797-21%2,688-378$1,854$152,929,2727Sony / Columbia
8The Queen$4,013,05218%1,830244$2,193$41,196,45818Miramax
9The Hitcher (2007)$3,632,975-54%2,8365$1,281$13,435,1302Rogue
10Freedom Writers$3,514,918-32%2,273-13$1,546$31,311,3284Paramount