'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 Sun, May. 12 2002

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, May. 12 2002LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Spider-Man$21,005,142-31%3,6150$5,811$223,040,0072Sony / Columbia
3The New Guy$1,924,028-49%2,687--$716$9,008,1181Sony / Columbia
4The Scorpion King$1,496,733-30%3,219-247$465$80,935,6964Universal
5Changing Lanes$1,118,048-34%2,510-132$445$57,317,0585Paramount
6The Rookie (2002)$970,067-7%2,117-234$458$68,233,8967Disney
7Murder by Numbers$746,168-28%2,116-449$353$27,461,3834Warner Bros.
8Ice Age$619,327-4%1,724-413$359$171,020,4539Fox
9Panic Room$441,716-36%1,350-477$327$95,541,2687Sony / Columbia
10Life or Something Like It$404,363-29%1,866-741$217$13,202,5643Fox