'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 Sat, Mar. 23 2002

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Mar. 23 2002LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ice Age$13,598,00178%3,34529$4,065$78,458,2102Fox
2Blade II$12,274,1283%2,707--$4,534$24,227,6531New Line
3E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (2002 re-issue)$5,728,72519%3,007--$1,905$10,555,4401Universal
4Showtime$3,757,68946%2,9170$1,288$24,994,5152Warner Bros.
5Resident Evil$2,811,53235%2,5280$1,112$27,131,6052Sony / Screen Gems
6We Were Soldiers$2,770,73565%2,859-284$969$59,461,6184Paramount
7The Time Machine$2,424,40958%2,809-149$863$46,794,9643DreamWorks
8A Beautiful Mind$2,000,99774%1,455-78$1,375$153,777,02012Universal
9Sorority Boys$1,687,12717%1,801--$937$3,132,5161Disney
1040 Days and 40 Nights$1,202,50931%1,831-481$657$33,536,8814Miramax