'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, Apr. 6 2002

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Apr. 6 2002LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Panic Room$8,131,54239%3,0530$2,663$54,246,5302Sony / Columbia
2High Crimes$6,143,46230%2,717--$2,261$10,880,8801Fox
3Ice Age$5,878,00951%3,200-133$1,837$136,856,4124Fox
4The Rookie (2002)$5,111,93940%2,52413$2,025$32,011,3522Disney
5Blade II$3,287,84955%2,561-146$1,284$65,709,4753New Line
7National Lampoon's Van Wilder$2,824,6402%2,022--$1,397$5,599,9371Artisan
8Big Trouble$1,532,39927%1,961--$781$2,736,5101Disney
9E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (2002 re-issue)$1,523,50660%2,478-529$615$29,644,3623Universal
10A Beautiful Mind$1,256,25159%1,436-124$875$164,444,30914Universal