'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 Mon, Feb. 28 2000

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Feb. 28 2000LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Whole Nine Yards$632,047-73%2,9100$217$29,132,4322Warner Bros.
2Reindeer Games$567,768-73%2,204--$258$8,623,4821Miramax / Dimension
3Pitch Black$499,018-75%1,93098$259$23,520,7512USA Films
4Hanging Up$401,293-78%2,6180$153$26,402,3282Sony / Columbia
5Wonder Boys$352,893-76%1,253--$282$5,953,1271Paramount
6The Tigger Movie$321,837-85%2,81863$114$30,968,7903Disney
7American Beauty$316,683-74%1,32336$239$81,088,31724DreamWorks
8Snow Day$302,883-87%2,7097$112$43,025,8643Paramount
9Scream 3$285,719-76%3,099-269$92$78,745,0014Miramax / Dimension
10The Green Mile$107,320-76%1,746-356$61$127,156,55112Warner Bros.