'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, Jul. 12 2003

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jul. 12 2003LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl$17,414,03817%3,269--$5,327$56,251,7461Disney
2The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen$8,432,653-1%3,002--$2,809$16,949,3791Fox
3Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines$7,741,58729%3,5040$2,209$104,563,2412Warner Bros.
4Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde$4,556,6433%3,37525$1,350$59,848,6632MGM
5Finding Nemo$3,272,02617%2,643-259$1,238$288,675,0227Disney
6Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle$2,797,00516%3,202-283$874$79,599,3283Sony / Columbia
728 Days Later$1,623,38126%1,396-11$1,163$27,114,5953Fox Searchlight
8Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas$1,589,3827%3,0860$515$17,568,9762DreamWorks
10The Italian Job$1,134,43931%1,364-220$832$88,093,7007Paramount