'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, Nov. 23 2002

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Nov. 23 2002LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Die Another Day$19,045,52615%3,314--$5,747$35,664,7121MGM
2Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets$18,706,05370%3,6820$5,080$135,846,5692Warner Bros.
3Friday After Next$5,200,43018%1,616--$3,218$9,600,6751New Line
4The Santa Clause 2$4,815,07098%3,251-95$1,481$91,976,4024Disney
58 Mile$3,761,77934%2,58589$1,455$95,539,7653Universal
6The Ring$3,354,73232%2,628-254$1,277$109,172,4386DreamWorks
7My Big Fat Greek Wedding$1,650,51253%1,585-227$1,041$190,196,20032IFC Films
8Half Past Dead$1,402,21538%2,1130$664$11,796,1752Sony / Columbia
9jackass: the movie$713,79540%1,522-891$469$61,665,1015Paramount
10I Spy$480,37841%1,535-1076$313$32,421,9974Sony / Columbia