'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, Apr. 25 2001

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Apr. 25 2001LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bridget Jones's Diary$856,886-17%2,221610$386$6,960,4222Miramax
2Along Came a Spider$569,627-17%2,54313$224$11,582,7493Paramount
3Blow$516,096-19%2,103-146$245$10,713,9163New Line
4Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles$368,113-13%2,123--$173$1,195,4841Paramount
5Freddy Got Fingered$362,640-33%2,271--$160$1,390,0651Fox
6Spy Kids$354,402-3%3,19119$111$43,490,6744Miramax / Dimension
7Joe Dirt$213,093-17%2,6380$81$6,493,4322Sony / Columbia
8Enemy at the Gates$172,853-16%1,645-49$105$30,489,4896Paramount
9Kingdom Come$162,833-11%1,1110$147$16,627,3492Fox Searchlight
10Heartbreakers (2001)$113,556-11%1,886-591$60$22,966,5535MGM