'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. 11 - Sun, Jan. 13

Wide (1000+)

1The Bucket List$19,392,9215838%2,9112895$6,662$20,816,7901Warner Bros.
2First Sunday$17,715,107--2,213--$8,005$17,715,1071Sony / Screen Gems
3Juno$13,612,282-14%2,448523$5,561$70,863,3003Fox Searchlight
4Alvin and the Chipmunks$9,302,536-40%3,384-78$2,749$187,938,6155Fox
5I Am Legend$8,180,372-48%3,353-295$2,440$240,284,1055Warner Bros.
6One Missed Call$5,981,257-52%2,2400$2,670$20,493,9022Warner Bros.
7The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything$4,250,899--1,337--$3,179$4,250,8991Universal
8The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep$3,332,771-46%2,506-271$1,330$35,203,3753Sony / Columbia
9In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale$2,984,524--1,632--$1,829$2,984,5241Freestyle Releasing
10The Great Debaters$2,345,904-45%1,2900$1,819$25,635,0763MGM / Weinstein