'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, Mar. 13 2000

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Mar. 13 2000LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mission to Mars$1,716,338-70%3,054--$562$24,635,3321Disney
2The Ninth Gate$601,124-67%1,586--$379$7,412,2421Artisan
3My Dog Skip$503,270-73%2,3310$216$14,287,7029Warner Bros.
4American Beauty$420,534-57%1,522183$276$91,721,84926DreamWorks
5The Next Best Thing$258,761-69%2,03427$127$10,661,6052Paramount
6Reindeer Games$253,035-67%2,113-91$120$19,548,5313Miramax / Dimension
7Snow Day$252,660-74%2,672-45$95$52,832,1345Paramount
8Pitch Black$251,851-66%1,730-173$146$34,338,5624USA Films
9The Tigger Movie$219,237-74%2,093-553$105$39,009,4505Disney
10Wonder Boys$177,860-72%1,5095$118$13,168,0323Paramount