'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. 23 - Sun, Feb. 25

Wide (1000+)

1Ghost Rider$20,067,412-56%3,6201$5,543$79,028,9452Sony / Columbia
2The Number 23$14,602,867--2,759--$5,293$14,602,8671New Line
3Bridge to Terabithia$14,356,780-36%3,1390$4,574$47,003,5962Disney
4Reno 911!: Miami$10,274,396--2,702--$3,803$10,274,3961Fox
5Norbit$9,824,003-41%3,1457$3,124$74,759,9463Paramount / DreamWorks
6Music and Lyrics$7,652,458-44%2,9550$2,590$31,717,0002Warner Bros.
8Tyler Perry's Daddy's Little Girls$4,816,453-57%2,1110$2,282$25,133,7162Lionsgate
9The Astronaut Farmer$4,454,928--2,155--$2,067$4,454,9281Warner Bros.
10Because I Said So$2,758,855-46%1,936-510$1,425$38,269,8074Universal