'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 Thu, Oct. 28 2004

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Oct. 28 2004LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grudge$2,419,05814%3,245--$745$48,865,5251Sony / Columbia
2Shall We Dance (2004)$822,1453%2,419647$340$27,659,2432Miramax
3Shark Tale$659,52323%3,656-292$180$139,355,4104DreamWorks
4Team America: World Police$502,81712%2,62081$192$24,160,4572Paramount
5Friday Night Lights$460,03724%2,969205$155$48,860,4533Universal
6Ladder 49$385,4808%2,802-453$138$62,860,1344Disney
7Surviving Christmas$278,5405%2,750--$101$5,548,7961DreamWorks
8Taxi (2004)$225,46410%2,357-644$96$30,591,8873Fox
9The Forgotten$222,49011%2,253-515$99$62,845,9615Sony / Columbia