'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, Dec. 12 2004

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Dec. 12 2004LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ocean's Twelve$8,683,322-45%3,290--$2,639$39,153,7931Warner Bros.
2Blade: Trinity$4,117,181-38%2,912--$1,414$24,486,6421New Line
3The Polar Express$2,855,523-31%3,257-393$877$109,833,7895Warner Bros.
4National Treasure$2,387,892-47%3,203-40$746$124,071,4134Disney
5Christmas with the Kranks$1,932,585-47%3,294-122$587$54,780,9983Sony / Columbia
6The Incredibles$1,423,367-41%2,656-522$536$232,577,1036Disney
7The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie$1,331,805-37%3,3070$403$73,595,7534Paramount
8Alexander$431,203-31%2,125-320$203$32,594,5243Warner Bros.
9Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason$263,714-45%1,701-732$155$38,415,8765Universal