'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, Apr. 9 2000

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Apr. 9 2000LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Road to El Dorado$3,126,834-23%3,2235$970$25,123,2652DreamWorks
2Rules of Engagement$2,617,709-64%3,155--$830$15,012,9331Paramount
3Erin Brockovich$2,237,170-53%3,00496$745$89,632,2864Universal
4Return to Me$1,985,289-43%2,007--$989$7,822,1571MGM
5The Skulls$1,461,490-48%2,4164$605$20,201,5642Universal
6Ready to Rumble$1,294,913-41%2,585--$501$5,317,0561Warner Bros.
7Romeo Must Die$1,280,229-37%2,289-352$559$45,941,7033Warner Bros.
8High Fidelity$1,073,478-42%1,22946$873$12,889,7992Disney
9American Beauty$795,198-51%1,934-56$411$115,189,69330DreamWorks
10Mission to Mars$386,470--1,594-911$242$56,182,8735Disney