'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, May. 23 2004

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, May. 23 2004LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shrek 2$34,900,023-22%4,163--$8,383$128,983,4671DreamWorks
2Troy$6,677,413-34%3,4110$1,958$85,959,9132Warner Bros.
3Van Helsing$3,059,119-33%3,418-162$895$100,526,4223Universal
4Mean Girls$1,813,112-40%3,05439$594$64,710,8784Paramount
5Man on Fire (2004)$1,089,675-33%2,104-546$518$69,462,8255Fox
6Breakin' All the Rules$739,492-43%1,3180$561$9,054,9202Sony / Screen Gems
713 Going on 30$688,408-37%2,028-628$339$52,078,4025Sony / Columbia
8New York Minute$408,111-26%2,360-646$173$12,622,3953Warner Bros.
9Laws of Attraction$226,873-47%1,010-993$225$16,864,1614New Line