'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 Fri, Feb. 22 2002

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Feb. 22 2002LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Queen of the Damned$5,829,552--2,511--$2,322$5,829,5521Warner Bros.
2John Q.$3,737,277221%2,50539$1,492$31,351,7332New Line
4Crossroads (2002)$2,278,560240%2,3811$957$21,446,8702Paramount
5Return to Never Land$2,052,832136%2,62621$782$20,326,9052Disney
6Big Fat Liar$1,644,965155%2,437-97$675$28,555,7033Universal
7A Beautiful Mind$1,479,171184%2,069-12$715$128,863,9308Universal
8Hart's War$1,382,202183%2,4590$562$11,925,6052MGM
9Super Troopers$1,202,945167%1,80525$666$9,772,3962Fox Searchlight
10Collateral Damage$1,031,308100%2,410-414$428$31,780,3193Warner Bros.