'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. 19 2004

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Dec. 19 2004LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events$8,348,610-26%3,620--$2,306$30,061,8031Paramount
2Ocean's Twelve$4,934,399-32%3,2900$1,500$68,526,9682Warner Bros.
3The Polar Express$2,813,112-13%2,868-389$981$123,439,1616Warner Bros.
4Spanglish$2,466,504-28%2,438--$1,012$8,817,2991Sony / Columbia
5Blade: Trinity$2,061,736-24%2,9120$708$35,634,6282New Line
6National Treasure$1,734,576-33%2,772-431$626$132,747,9985Disney
7Christmas with the Kranks$1,593,702-31%2,941-353$542$61,970,1054Sony / Columbia
8Flight of the Phoenix$1,461,552-25%2,604--$561$5,019,5261Fox
9The Incredibles$1,012,016-25%1,930-726$524$236,981,8067Disney
10Closer$983,261-27%1,090468$902$18,803,1523Sony / Columbia