'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, Dec. 24 2004

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Dec. 24 2004LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Meet the Fockers$7,159,623-42%3,518--$2,035$31,556,3281Universal
2Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events$2,809,130-35%3,6222$776$49,609,5182Paramount
3The Polar Express$2,551,316-22%2,702-166$944$136,268,1007Warner Bros.
4Ocean's Twelve$1,479,003-35%3,2900$450$79,680,6333Warner Bros.
5National Treasure$890,942-31%2,478-294$360$137,992,1146Disney
6Christmas with the Kranks$871,833-28%2,555-386$341$67,120,3115Sony / Columbia
7The Incredibles$705,353-19%1,732-198$407$240,719,1568Disney
8Spanglish$664,785-39%2,4380$273$14,206,1622Sony / Columbia
9Blade: Trinity$524,136-36%2,9120$180$39,678,4613New Line
10Flight of the Phoenix$469,419-32%2,6040$180$8,282,1132Fox