'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. 16 2003

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Nov. 16 2003LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Elf$7,229,670-39%3,38144$2,138$70,360,0122New Line
2Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World$6,313,675-41%3,101--$2,036$25,105,8821Fox
3The Matrix Revolutions$4,172,522-43%3,5020$1,191$114,271,0752Warner Bros.
4Brother Bear$3,826,596-33%3,0300$1,263$63,057,0713Disney
5Looney Tunes: Back in Action$2,814,913-35%2,903--$970$9,316,3691Warner Bros.
6Love Actually$2,301,716-39%1,177601$1,956$18,863,8192Universal
7Scary Movie 3$1,341,748-53%2,960-328$453$102,351,4724Miramax / Dimension
8Radio$1,064,746-52%2,416-395$441$43,520,4834Sony / Columbia
9Mystic River$783,689-50%1,550-31$506$45,571,7225Warner Bros.
10The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)$611,244-47%1,607-771$380$77,661,4945New Line