'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, Nov. 4 2002

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Nov. 4 2002LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Santa Clause 2$1,501,984-82%3,350--$448$30,509,9891Disney
2The Ring$1,493,072-66%2,808174$532$66,039,5293DreamWorks
3jackass: the movie$1,051,564-66%2,53021$416$43,146,2152Paramount
4I Spy$752,279-76%3,182--$236$13,505,0751Sony / Columbia
5Ghost Ship$452,401-73%2,7870$162$21,803,2632Warner Bros.
6My Big Fat Greek Wedding$375,609-72%1,97710$190$172,209,74829IFC Films
7Sweet Home Alabama$304,291-71%2,441-741$125$113,750,8166Disney
8Punch-Drunk Love$284,651-68%1,252771$227$11,144,4744Sony / Columbia
9Red Dragon$204,479-69%1,949-937$105$89,248,0925Universal
10The Transporter$108,824-68%1,114-770$98$23,658,9404Fox