'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 Fri, May. 21 2004

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, May. 21 2004LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shrek 2$28,340,762209%4,163--$6,808$49,285,9871DreamWorks
2Troy$7,148,162123%3,4110$2,096$69,184,0062Warner Bros.
3Van Helsing$2,956,961180%3,418-162$865$92,922,1383Universal
4Mean Girls$2,086,853246%3,05439$683$59,890,2064Paramount
5Man on Fire (2004)$964,302166%2,104-546$458$66,746,6195Fox
6Breakin' All the Rules$819,415213%1,3180$622$7,028,6392Sony / Screen Gems
713 Going on 30$729,223199%2,028-628$360$50,295,7075Sony / Columbia
8New York Minute$343,896215%2,360-646$146$11,664,2873Warner Bros.
9Laws of Attraction$274,32978%1,010-993$272$16,212,9854New Line