'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, Dec. 7 2003

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Dec. 7 2003LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Last Samurai$6,686,922-27%2,908--$2,299$24,271,0661Warner Bros.
2The Haunted Mansion$2,903,067-31%3,1220$930$45,976,8502Disney
3Honey (2003)$2,767,859-48%1,942--$1,425$12,856,9901Universal
4Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat$2,249,631-30%3,409-58$660$85,299,3363Universal
5Elf$2,103,096-42%3,119-83$674$139,542,9105New Line
6Bad Santa$1,976,716-34%2,09186$945$27,145,5322Miramax / Dimension
7Gothika$1,334,529-39%2,205-177$605$49,546,5183Warner Bros.
8The Missing$1,005,980-46%2,7560$365$21,804,8552Sony / Columbia
9Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World$925,601-44%2,344-359$395$72,557,2874Fox
10Love Actually$894,859-42%1,672-42$535$48,747,7665Universal