'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 Sat, Feb. 14 2004

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Feb. 14 2004LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
150 First Dates$19,751,58196%3,591--$5,500$29,804,0581Sony / Columbia
2Barbershop 2: Back in Business$7,953,004177%2,7110$2,934$39,303,5832MGM
4The Butterfly Effect$2,694,181143%2,288-231$1,178$47,032,4094New Line
5Along Came Polly$2,632,320162%2,543-415$1,035$80,198,0675Universal
6You Got Served$2,585,098152%1,832-111$1,411$30,594,2523Sony / Screen Gems
7The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King$1,957,840145%1,663-215$1,177$355,039,5119New Line
8Catch That Kid$1,912,863130%2,8481$672$9,242,9202Fox
9Mystic River$1,820,823146%1,3700$1,329$73,537,79218Warner Bros.
10Cold Mountain$1,784,180143%1,740-177$1,025$86,359,6728Miramax