Grosses

'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, Aug. 25 2002

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Aug. 25 2002LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Signs$3,691,621-40%3,453109$1,069$173,108,5424Disney
2XXX$3,616,603-34%3,517129$1,028$106,267,0793Sony / Columbia
3Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams$2,122,615-35%3,3070$642$58,928,8243Miramax / Dimension
4My Big Fat Greek Wedding$1,966,679-39%1,329265$1,480$50,214,30619IFC Films
5Blue Crush$1,748,405-31%3,01513$580$26,489,1322Universal
6Austin Powers in Goldmember$1,498,915-36%2,805-308$534$193,396,6625New Line
7Serving Sara$1,438,287-37%2,154--$668$5,756,4041Paramount
8Undisputed$1,227,326-29%1,102--$1,114$4,548,4691Miramax
9Simone$976,710-36%1,920--$509$3,813,3161New Line
10Blood Work$776,356-37%2,203-322$352$20,209,4753Warner Bros.