'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, Nov. 9 2003

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Nov. 9 2003LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Matrix Revolutions$12,420,293-36%3,502--$3,547$83,790,2391Warner Bros.
2Elf$9,111,188-30%3,337--$2,730$31,115,1661New Line
3Brother Bear$5,843,525-31%3,0300$1,929$44,022,2852Disney
4Scary Movie 3$2,534,845-47%3,288-217$771$93,065,4443Miramax / Dimension
5Radio$1,752,770-46%2,811-263$624$36,131,7333Sony / Columbia
6Mystic River$1,259,797-43%1,58130$797$40,437,7874Warner Bros.
7The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)$1,195,347-45%2,378-592$503$73,375,7114New Line
8Runaway Jury$1,101,104-50%2,133-603$516$39,992,6724Fox
9School of Rock$736,925-46%1,982-804$372$73,471,4246Paramount
10Kill Bill Vol. 1$650,539-35%1,681-748$387$64,914,1335Miramax