Grosses

'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, Jan. 2 2005

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jan. 2 2005LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Meet the Fockers$11,329,338-38%3,5246$3,215$162,461,2352Universal
2Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events$4,137,669-28%3,6230$1,142$94,615,9393Paramount
3The Aviator (2004)$3,021,226-32%1,7960$1,682$31,548,0142Miramax
4Fat Albert$2,706,339-39%2,74470$986$33,325,5312Fox
5Ocean's Twelve$2,585,087-35%3,2900$786$107,009,8304Warner Bros.
6Spanglish$1,809,871-33%2,48948$727$31,003,3873Sony / Columbia
7National Treasure$1,673,673-39%2,28281$733$154,525,0777Disney
8The Polar Express$1,593,560-16%2,513-105$634$155,125,1808Warner Bros.
9The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou$1,366,562-34%1,1050$1,237$14,794,5464Disney
10Darkness$1,348,686-44%1,71818$785$16,631,3902Miramax / Dimension