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, Dec. 14 - Sun, Dec. 16

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1I Am Legend$77,211,710--3,606--$21,412$77,211,7101Warner Bros.
2Alvin and the Chipmunks$44,306,904--3,475--$12,750$44,306,9041Fox
3The Golden Compass$8,825,549-66%3,5280$2,502$40,773,5272New Line
4Enchanted$5,534,055-48%3,066-454$1,805$91,801,7434Disney
5No Country for Old Men$2,827,530-31%1,34824$2,098$33,409,4346Miramax
6The Perfect Holiday$2,283,374--1,307--$1,747$2,928,4711Yari Film Group
7This Christmas$2,260,138-54%1,92142$1,177$46,003,0574Sony / Screen Gems
8Fred Claus$2,221,710-52%2,750-435$808$68,884,0206Warner Bros.
9August Rush$1,765,543-50%2,007-303$880$28,048,0984Warner Bros.
10Beowulf$1,380,412-70%1,659-1317$832$79,258,6145Paramount