'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 Tue, Aug. 26 2003

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Aug. 26 2003LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1S.W.A.T.$1,152,5932%3,204-16$360$90,126,3543Sony / Columbia
2Freddy Vs. Jason$1,126,327-11%3,0140$374$63,596,7012New Line
3Freaky Friday (2003)$1,077,4703%3,05879$352$76,554,0933Disney
4Open Range$918,2757%2,16388$425$31,097,1082Disney
5Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl$911,3709%2,404-306$379$262,671,8237Disney
6The Medallion$727,022-3%2,648--$275$9,584,2921Sony / TriStar
7Uptown Girls$711,1883%2,4950$285$23,720,2852MGM
9American Wedding$690,8646%2,467-518$280$91,861,0324Universal
10My Boss's Daughter$611,546-13%2,201--$278$6,168,9431Miramax / Dimension