'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 Wed, Jan. 15 2003

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jan. 15 2003LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Catch Me If You Can (2002)$1,067,467-14%3,22555$331$122,712,2813DreamWorks
2The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers$981,784-18%3,477-145$282$286,639,2074New Line
3Just Married$903,954-20%2,766--$327$20,572,3101Fox
4Two Weeks Notice$463,876-14%2,7550$168$80,428,3174Warner Bros.
5Gangs of New York$450,539-12%2,34035$193$56,339,1904Miramax
6Maid in Manhattan$337,744-16%2,926-124$115$84,902,2105Sony / Columbia
7Antwone Fisher$265,573-4%1,002810$265$11,256,9824Fox Searchlight
8My Big Fat Greek Wedding$195,158-13%1,21218$161$207,760,31739IFC Films
10Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets$125,829-19%1,550-465$81$255,866,3219Warner Bros.