'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 Tue, Jan. 8 2002

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jan. 8 2002LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring$1,978,28116%3,38122$585$209,196,5053New Line
2A Beautiful Mind$1,501,85720%1,8531328$811$40,530,0581Universal
3Ocean's Eleven$874,86328%2,770-305$316$153,521,5195Warner Bros.
4Vanilla Sky$712,13526%2,84298$251$82,274,5834Paramount
5Kate & Leopold$539,56230%2,467--$219$9,642,8932Miramax
6Ali$527,30118%2,4460$216$50,441,7172Sony / Columbia
7Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone$343,4152%2,681-505$128$301,232,8098Warner Bros.
8Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius$302,758-27%3,1510$96$63,057,1323Paramount
9How High$293,3200%1,2732$230$24,688,6173Universal
10Not Another Teen Movie$197,25116%2,168-197$91$35,614,5624Sony / Columbia