'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. 25 2003

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jul. 25 2003LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Spy Kids 3D: Game Over$12,146,928--3,344--$3,632$12,146,9281Miramax / Dimension
2Lara Croft, Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life$8,225,812--3,222--$2,553$8,225,8121Paramount
3Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl$6,814,75741%3,41657$1,995$160,519,4193Disney
4Bad Boys II$6,722,36562%3,20216$2,099$73,174,2332Sony / Columbia
6The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen$1,481,88521%2,532-470$585$49,337,3133Fox
7Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines$1,405,67537%2,660-744$528$133,802,7754Warner Bros.
8Johnny English$1,296,88121%2,2360$580$15,403,6862Universal
9Finding Nemo$1,272,4659%2,025-455$628$309,999,7039Disney
10Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde$855,268-7%2,120-1085$403$80,322,2204MGM