'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, Dec. 30 2002

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Dec. 30 2002LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers$10,094,418-32%3,6220$2,787$210,152,8422New Line
2Catch Me If You Can (2002)$6,051,764-31%3,156--$1,918$54,699,9861DreamWorks
3Two Weeks Notice$3,428,184-23%2,7550$1,244$46,472,3962Warner Bros.
4Maid in Manhattan$2,753,015-25%2,93872$937$59,703,3883Sony / Columbia
5Gangs of New York$2,300,362-33%2,190686$1,050$32,180,9292Miramax
6The Wild Thornberrys Movie$2,094,270-2%3,0120$695$20,515,9202Paramount
7Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets$1,822,842-12%2,505-245$728$242,134,9377Warner Bros.
9The Hot Chick$1,119,606-22%2,24629$498$23,321,7773Disney
10Die Another Day$985,288-23%1,875-200$525$147,692,7936MGM