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, Aug. 28 - Sun, Aug. 30

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Final Destination$27,408,547--3,121--$8,782$27,408,5471Warner Bros. / New Line
2Inglourious Basterds$19,303,393-49%3,1650$6,099$73,021,3532Weinstein Company
3Halloween II (2009)$16,348,096--3,025--$5,404$16,348,0961Weinstein / Dimension
4District 9$10,270,273-44%3,180130$3,230$90,383,7533Sony / TriStar
5G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra$7,714,466-37%3,467-486$2,225$132,150,0584Paramount
6Julie & Julia$7,034,766-20%2,50340$2,811$70,632,5804Sony / Columbia
7The Time Traveler's Wife$6,451,431-34%2,961-27$2,179$47,901,0393Warner Bros. / New Line
8Shorts$4,512,327-30%3,1050$1,453$13,207,1932Warner Bros.
9Taking Woodstock$3,457,927--1,393--$2,482$3,478,3831Focus Features
10G-Force$2,825,193-31%1,926-635$1,467$111,781,6896Disney