'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 Thu, Aug. 1 2002

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Aug. 1 2002LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Austin Powers in Goldmember$6,924,640-9%3,6131197$1,917$110,561,9951New Line
2Stuart Little 2$1,443,6510%3,28227$440$40,754,8112Sony / Columbia
3Road to Perdition$1,182,4702%2,25091$526$70,554,7613DreamWorks
4Men in Black II$938,2204%3,542-99$265$177,269,3574Sony / Columbia
5The Country Bears$818,285-1%2,553--$321$8,654,9741Disney
6K-19: The Widowmaker$658,283-2%2,8302$233$27,887,2492Paramount
7Mr. Deeds$634,7900%2,309-514$275$118,784,4365Sony / Columbia
8Reign of Fire$445,0930%2,005-624$222$38,262,2513Disney
9Lilo & Stitch$404,492-4%1,780-347$227$135,901,0666Disney
10Minority Report$365,9292%1,338-318$273$124,934,5936Fox