'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, Mar. 20 2004

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Mar. 20 2004LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dawn of the Dead (2004)$9,744,777-10%2,745--$3,550$20,600,9861Universal
2The Passion of the Christ$7,970,56261%3,25029$2,452$289,005,1014Newmarket
3Taking Lives$4,597,57716%2,705--$1,700$8,570,2161Warner Bros.
4Starsky & Hutch$4,484,94533%3,1850$1,408$64,934,8113Warner Bros.
5Secret Window$3,951,96824%3,0180$1,309$30,648,9812Sony / Columbia
7Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind$3,355,67727%1,353--$2,480$5,997,6951Focus
8Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London$2,534,76045%2,9730$853$15,575,3152MGM
950 First Dates$1,836,32435%2,153-433$853$112,090,6046Sony / Columbia
10Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen$654,44141%1,281-520$511$27,149,7725Disney