'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, Mar. 16 - Sun, Mar. 18

Wide (1000+)

1300$32,877,300-54%3,270167$10,054$129,165,6552Warner Bros.
2Wild Hogs$19,058,770-31%3,36064$5,672$104,226,5813Disney
3Premonition$17,559,638--2,831--$6,203$17,559,6381Sony / Columbia
4Dead Silence$7,842,140--1,805--$4,345$7,842,1401Universal
5I Think I Love My Wife$5,674,808--1,776--$3,195$5,674,8081Fox Searchlight
6Bridge to Terabithia$5,191,366-23%3,091-119$1,680$74,962,9505Disney
7Ghost Rider$4,176,707-37%2,824-523$1,479$110,383,4425Sony / Columbia
9Norbit$2,766,107-35%2,016-489$1,372$92,435,4966Paramount / DreamWorks
10Music and Lyrics$2,273,220-39%1,850-430$1,229$47,455,0235Warner Bros.