'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, Apr. 25 2004

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Apr. 25 2004LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Man on Fire (2004)$5,995,451-36%2,980--$2,012$22,792,5221Fox
213 Going on 30$4,949,563-43%3,438--$1,440$21,053,5511Sony / Columbia
3Kill Bill Vol. 2$3,032,698-27%3,073102$987$42,966,5732Miramax
4The Punisher$1,811,217-29%2,6490$684$24,172,8602Lionsgate
5Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed$1,219,840-16%2,420-390$504$76,800,8615Warner Bros.
6Home on the Range$1,193,455-22%2,481-254$481$42,551,2694Disney
7Ella Enchanted$920,411-27%2,149210$428$17,515,1363Miramax
8Hellboy$894,471-34%2,218-679$403$54,802,1334Sony / Columbia
9Johnson Family Vacation$802,942-47%1,259-67$638$25,040,3953Fox Searchlight
10The Passion of the Christ$730,416-20%2,269-579$322$364,416,7469Newmarket