'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 Mon, Mar. 11 2002

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Mar. 11 2002LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Time Machine$1,779,890-71%2,944--$605$24,390,6391DreamWorks
2We Were Soldiers$1,105,771-70%3,1430$352$41,662,5542Paramount
3All About the Benjamins$817,848-71%1,505--$543$10,827,9091New Line
440 Days and 40 Nights$627,428-63%2,399174$262$23,410,0942Miramax
5John Q.$455,243-69%2,382-74$191$60,154,3384New Line
6Return to Never Land$398,522-74%2,498-120$160$41,896,3474Disney
7A Beautiful Mind$349,676-65%1,793-169$195$144,628,61510Universal
8Big Fat Liar$312,941-72%2,074-158$151$43,620,1585Universal
10The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring$247,796-69%1,210-93$205$291,393,19112New Line