Grosses

'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 Thu, Dec. 25 2003

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Dec. 25 2003LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King$13,986,11985%3,7030$3,777$171,670,6211New Line
2Cheaper by the Dozen$7,839,567--3,298--$2,377$7,839,5670Fox
3Paycheck$5,152,104--2,762--$1,865$5,152,1040Paramount
4Cold Mountain$4,505,258--2,163--$2,083$4,505,2580Miramax
5Peter Pan (2003)$3,488,480--2,813--$1,240$3,488,4800Universal
6Something's Gotta Give$3,454,443133%2,70932$1,275$42,083,4822Sony / Columbia
7Mona Lisa Smile$2,703,716157%2,677--$1,010$19,875,2021Sony / Columbia
8The Last Samurai$2,477,763131%2,557-351$969$65,998,7363Warner Bros.
9Bad Santa$1,409,711150%1,710-830$824$46,434,5714Miramax / Dimension
10Elf$1,240,574-2%2,015-861$616$160,767,1687New Line