'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 Mon, Aug. 19 2002

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Aug. 19 2002LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1XXX$2,476,986-61%3,38814$731$86,441,7662Sony / Columbia
3Blue Crush$1,681,384-54%3,002--$560$15,849,8611Universal
4Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams$1,413,858-58%3,3070$428$47,370,9292Miramax / Dimension
5Austin Powers in Goldmember$1,153,713-53%3,113-395$371$184,592,0704New Line
6My Big Fat Greek Wedding$802,654-53%1,064341$754$40,100,33718IFC Films
7Blood Work$504,692-63%2,5250$200$15,815,4182Warner Bros.
8The Master of Disguise$451,514-49%2,137-431$211$30,740,9873Sony / Columbia
9Road to Perdition$399,222-62%1,914-297$209$90,710,3666DreamWorks
10Stuart Little 2$307,716-50%1,714-668$180$57,380,5265Sony / Columbia