'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. 26 2000

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Mar. 26 2000LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Romeo Must Die$4,774,588-36%2,641--$1,808$24,585,4701Warner Bros.
2Erin Brockovich$3,820,008-57%2,8513$1,340$55,856,4162Universal
3Mission to Mars$1,406,836-50%3,10141$454$49,439,7113Disney
4American Beauty$917,195-54%1,6621$552$101,752,60528DreamWorks
5My Dog Skip$824,266-40%2,3310$354$25,667,22811Warner Bros.
6Here on Earth$774,918-59%1,712--$453$4,761,1101Fox
7The Ninth Gate$518,707--1,69437$306$14,388,2623Artisan
8The Tigger Movie$301,612-25%1,360-341$222$42,998,9207Disney
9Snow Day$281,430--1,924-463$146$56,773,1927Paramount
10Wonder Boys$102,112--1,210-248$84$14,569,1685Paramount