'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 Sun, Aug. 31 2003

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Aug. 31 2003LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jeepers Creepers II$4,514,961-17%3,124--$1,445$15,270,0381MGM / United Artists
2Freaky Friday (2003)$3,243,031-8%3,0679$1,057$87,460,2944Disney
3Open Range$3,110,9084%2,24481$1,386$40,810,9683Disney
4Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl$3,086,4304%2,227-177$1,386$272,169,3198Disney
5S.W.A.T.$3,036,620-1%2,781-423$1,092$100,257,4464Sony / Columbia
7Freddy Vs. Jason$2,465,154-9%2,929-85$842$72,401,2053New Line
8The Medallion$1,708,516-2%2,6524$644$15,337,2952Sony / TriStar
9Uptown Girls$1,482,860-4%2,166-329$685$29,073,0373MGM
10American Wedding$1,411,9125%1,810-657$780$96,673,7435Universal