'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, Sep. 10 2000

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Sep. 10 2000LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Watcher$2,330,678-40%2,742--$850$9,063,0691Universal
2Nurse Betty$1,791,670-45%1,459--$1,228$7,147,8631USA Films
3Bring It On$1,654,160-49%2,4166$685$44,797,0093Universal
4Space Cowboys$807,417-51%2,607-188$310$78,839,5326Warner Bros.
5What Lies Beneath$641,353-52%2,166-241$296$142,379,0768DreamWorks
6Highlander: Endgame$565,473-33%1,5452$366$9,105,8832Miramax / Dimension
7Nutty Professor II: The Klumps$440,343-45%1,694-439$260$117,032,8637Universal
8The Replacements$427,499-49%2,058-427$208$39,213,7795Warner Bros.
9Hollow Man$207,605--1,184--$175$66,751,2076Sony / Columbia