'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 Sat, Oct. 26 2002

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Oct. 26 2002LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1jackass: the movie$7,810,083-20%2,509--$3,113$17,525,2621Paramount
2The Ring$7,770,86628%2,634653$2,950$34,761,3352DreamWorks
3Ghost Ship$4,586,36412%2,787--$1,646$8,674,4821Warner Bros.
4Sweet Home Alabama$2,951,70338%3,182-100$928$105,860,3735Disney
5My Big Fat Greek Wedding$2,900,17453%1,967-47$1,474$162,878,23128IFC Films
6Red Dragon$2,063,83735%2,886-421$715$83,847,6284Universal
7Brown Sugar$1,338,48565%1,146-232$1,168$21,710,8593Fox Searchlight
8Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie$1,290,950105%1,62544$794$18,714,6644Artisan
9The Transporter$1,194,25331%1,884-726$634$20,765,9663Fox
10The Tuxedo$1,168,15266%1,707-717$684$45,814,1125DreamWorks