'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, Mar. 29 2003

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Mar. 29 2003LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Head of State$5,846,48431%2,151--$2,718$10,300,3151DreamWorks
2Bringing Down the House$5,785,65360%2,91039$1,988$96,998,8964Disney
3The Core$5,013,43126%3,017--$1,662$8,990,2621Paramount
4Basic$4,878,60631%2,876--$1,696$8,614,6331Sony / Columbia
6Dreamcatcher$2,955,85252%2,9450$1,004$23,900,9702Warner Bros.
7Agent Cody Banks$2,809,57681%2,786-583$1,008$33,108,2163MGM
8Piglet's Big Movie$2,141,744113%2,0840$1,028$10,946,6012Disney
9The Hunted$1,602,23365%2,244-273$714$28,178,8623Paramount
10View from the Top$1,483,49728%2,5080$592$11,377,5602Miramax