'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 Sat, Apr. 8 2000

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Apr. 8 2000LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rules of Engagement$7,284,76843%3,155--$2,309$12,395,2241Paramount
2Erin Brockovich$4,776,92571%3,00496$1,590$87,395,1164Universal
3The Road to El Dorado$4,034,639110%3,2235$1,252$21,996,4312DreamWorks
4Return to Me$3,454,50145%2,007--$1,721$5,836,8681MGM
5The Skulls$2,802,11728%2,4164$1,160$18,740,0742Universal
6Ready to Rumble$2,189,07519%2,585--$847$4,022,1431Warner Bros.
7Romeo Must Die$2,034,88053%2,289-352$889$44,661,4743Warner Bros.
8High Fidelity$1,856,46632%1,22946$1,511$11,816,3212Disney
9American Beauty$1,627,94475%1,934-56$842$114,394,49530DreamWorks