'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, Jun. 30 2002

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jun. 30 2002LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mr. Deeds$10,072,409-21%3,231--$3,117$37,162,8351Sony / Columbia
2Minority Report$6,611,394-22%3,0010$2,203$73,425,3762Fox
3Lilo & Stitch$6,509,151-20%3,22231$2,020$77,084,3332Disney
4Scooby-Doo$3,684,138-24%3,4470$1,069$123,948,4093Warner Bros.
5The Bourne Identity$3,408,657-24%2,66320$1,280$72,900,8493Universal
6Hey Arnold! The Movie$1,508,863-24%2,527--$597$5,707,2021Paramount
7The Sum of All Fears$1,346,276-34%2,486-551$542$105,370,9545Paramount
8Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones$1,226,526-16%1,801-306$681$286,252,7337Fox
9Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood$1,208,1472%2,167-143$558$55,030,5954Warner Bros.