'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 Thu, May. 11 2000

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, May. 11 2000LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gladiator (2000)$3,172,284-7%2,938--$1,080$49,015,5691DreamWorks
3The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas$259,007-6%3,05111$85$19,772,0732Universal
4Keeping the Faith$219,645-3%2,014-157$109$30,378,2264Disney
5Rules of Engagement$206,580-3%2,261-766$91$53,122,3365Paramount
628 Days$201,837-6%2,413-110$84$32,897,6764Sony / Columbia
7Love & Basketball$193,51811%1,192-53$162$20,490,7053New Line
8Erin Brockovich$184,6280%1,942-556$95$116,784,1188Universal
9Return to Me$142,528-3%1,703-303$84$26,744,3545MGM
10The Road to El Dorado$74,7672%1,528-719$49$48,060,3126DreamWorks