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, Feb. 2 - Sun, Feb. 4

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Messengers$14,713,163--2,528--$5,820$14,713,1631Sony / Screen Gems
2Because I Said So$13,124,048--2,526--$5,196$13,124,0481Universal
3Epic Movie$8,411,985-55%2,84039$2,962$29,556,0362Fox
4Night at the Museum$6,385,448-33%3,003-238$2,126$225,002,6727Fox
5Smokin' Aces$6,112,056-58%2,2191$2,754$24,742,4842Universal
6Stomp the Yard$4,055,695-47%2,16954$1,870$55,859,0864Sony / Screen Gems
7Dreamgirls$4,001,125-41%2,79712$1,431$92,752,9116Paramount / DreamWorks
8Pan's Labyrinth$3,682,727-23%1,082259$3,404$21,712,3226Picturehouse
9The Pursuit of Happyness$2,966,369-40%2,233-455$1,328$157,216,9928Sony / Columbia
10The Queen$2,650,134-34%1,85020$1,433$45,409,28319Miramax