'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, Mar. 19 2000

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Mar. 19 2000LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Erin Brockovich$7,604,195-39%2,848--$2,670$28,138,8921Universal
2Mission to Mars$3,166,181-39%3,0606$1,035$40,623,6882Disney
3My Dog Skip$1,617,530-30%2,3310$694$21,269,81010Warner Bros.
4The Ninth Gate$1,054,381-32%1,65771$636$12,735,9902Artisan
5American Beauty$899,768-41%1,661139$542$96,302,45527DreamWorks
6Snow Day$669,343-31%2,387-285$280$56,003,9996Paramount
7The Tigger Movie$622,608-18%1,701-392$366$41,593,6906Disney
8Pitch Black$397,273--1,384-346$287$35,542,1225USA Films
9The Next Best Thing$369,064-51%2,0351$181$13,181,7183Paramount
10Reindeer Games$360,861--1,701-412$212$20,744,8564Miramax / Dimension