Grosses

'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 Wed, May. 3 2000

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, May. 3 2000LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1U-571$850,025-18%2,61633$325$40,922,7942Universal
2The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas$349,030-12%3,040--$115$11,673,6571Universal
3Rules of Engagement$331,515-13%3,027-193$110$51,291,9314Paramount
4Keeping the Faith$285,243-15%2,17113$131$26,412,5503Disney
528 Days$256,520-23%2,5230$102$29,427,1963Sony / Columbia
6Love & Basketball$251,512-7%1,2458$202$16,341,6622New Line
7Erin Brockovich$225,186-18%2,498-558$90$113,601,6207Universal
8Return to Me$186,734-11%2,006-314$93$25,612,7964MGM
9The Road to El Dorado$100,754-3%2,247-923$45$46,763,9685DreamWorks
10The Skulls$79,043-25%1,333-714$59$32,794,3835Universal