'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, Jul. 2 2004

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jul. 2 2004LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Spider-Man 2$32,452,76536%4,152--$7,816$96,707,2811Sony / Columbia
2Fahrenheit 9/11$5,262,69054%1,725857$3,051$44,362,9872Lionsgate
3White Chicks$3,191,52391%2,80074$1,140$38,312,9252Sony / Columbia
4DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story$3,032,16877%2,953-67$1,027$79,288,5723Fox
5The Notebook (2004)$2,784,14254%2,32320$1,199$24,100,1972New Line
6The Terminal$2,458,14892%2,782-132$884$48,915,4583DreamWorks
7Shrek 2$1,938,19946%2,609-328$743$404,244,1517DreamWorks
8Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban$1,916,56447%2,725-679$703$219,101,1445Warner Bros.
10Two Brothers$926,81450%2,1816$425$9,918,8912Universal