'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 Fri, Jul. 11 2003

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jul. 11 2003LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl$14,841,82542%3,269--$4,540$38,837,7081Disney
2The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen$8,516,726--3,002--$2,837$8,516,7261Fox
3Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines$5,984,09662%3,5040$1,708$96,821,6542Warner Bros.
4Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde$4,423,99664%3,37525$1,311$55,292,0202MGM
5Finding Nemo$2,799,55750%2,643-259$1,059$285,402,9967Disney
6Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle$2,413,07351%3,202-283$754$76,802,3233Sony / Columbia
7Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas$1,484,99938%3,0860$481$15,979,5942DreamWorks
828 Days Later$1,291,85172%1,396-11$925$25,491,2143Fox Searchlight
10The Italian Job$863,00485%1,364-220$633$86,959,2617Paramount