'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 Mon, May. 24 2004

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, May. 24 2004LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shrek 2$11,512,245-67%4,163--$2,765$140,495,7121DreamWorks
2Troy$2,816,648-58%3,4110$826$88,776,5612Warner Bros.
3Van Helsing$1,059,132-65%3,418-162$310$101,585,5543Universal
4Mean Girls$726,975-60%3,05439$238$65,437,8534Paramount
5Man on Fire (2004)$432,270-60%2,104-546$205$69,895,0955Fox
613 Going on 30$276,328-60%2,028-628$136$52,354,7305Sony / Columbia
7Breakin' All the Rules$245,436-67%1,3180$186$9,300,3562Sony / Screen Gems
8New York Minute$132,110-68%2,360-646$56$12,754,5053Warner Bros.
9Laws of Attraction$94,395-58%1,010-993$93$16,958,5564New Line