'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 continues 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 Mon, Jul. 9 2001

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jul. 9 2001LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Scary Movie 2$2,913,254-51%3,220--$905$37,431,3431Miramax / Dimension
2Cats & Dogs$2,655,551--3,040--$874$16,704,3111Warner Bros.
3The Fast and the Furious$1,580,644-57%2,79875$565$102,964,3853Universal
4A.I. Artificial Intelligence$1,445,341-65%3,2420$446$61,020,1172Warner Bros.
5Kiss of the Dragon$1,351,185--2,025--$667$1,351,1851Fox
6Dr. Dolittle 2$1,216,998--3,028-25$402$23,180,2863Fox
7Lara Croft, Tomb Raider$765,670--3,010-339$254$63,288,4074Paramount
9Atlantis: The Lost Empire$640,476--2,272-758$282$33,688,7234Disney