'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 Wed, Jul. 31 2002

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jul. 31 2002LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Austin Powers in Goldmember$7,645,763-17%3,613--$2,116$103,637,3551New Line
2Stuart Little 2$1,448,766-11%3,28227$441$39,311,1602Sony / Columbia
3Road to Perdition$1,154,329-13%2,25091$513$69,372,2913DreamWorks
4Men in Black II$906,067-13%3,542-99$256$176,331,1374Sony / Columbia
5The Country Bears$829,934-5%2,553--$325$7,836,6891Disney
6K-19: The Widowmaker$668,340-17%2,8302$236$27,228,9662Paramount
7Mr. Deeds$636,171-10%2,309-514$276$118,149,6465Sony / Columbia
8Reign of Fire$443,894-9%2,005-624$221$37,817,1583Disney
9Lilo & Stitch$419,825-5%1,780-347$236$135,496,5746Disney
10Minority Report$359,897-14%1,338-318$269$124,568,6646Fox