'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.

Daily Domestic Gross Sun, Nov. 21 1999

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Nov. 21 1999LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The World Is Not Enough$8,767,329-38%3,163--$2,772$35,119,2341MGM
2Sleepy Hollow$7,194,606-40%3,064--$2,348$29,218,7481Paramount
3Pokemon: The First Movie$4,009,521-34%3,0430$1,318$67,515,0442Warner Bros.
4The Bone Collector$1,600,264-46%2,62329$610$45,407,5683Universal
6Anywhere But Here$778,513-45%1,6819$463$10,132,8982Fox
7The Insider$689,804-51%1,84411$374$18,317,8633Disney
8The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc$603,140-40%2,1470$281$11,395,5602Sony / Columbia
9The Bachelor$536,865-49%2,337-187$230$17,663,1563New Line
10House on Haunted Hill (1999)$367,118-47%1,807-723$203$37,454,9194Warner Bros.