'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 Wed, Jan. 5 2005

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jan. 5 2005LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Meet the Fockers$2,801,916-12%3,5246$795$172,874,7832Universal
2The Aviator (2004)$823,693-6%1,7960$459$34,450,0892Miramax
3Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events$636,906-22%3,6230$176$97,453,0483Paramount
4Ocean's Twelve$622,897-9%3,2900$189$109,373,4124Warner Bros.
5Spanglish$482,869-12%2,48948$194$32,749,2753Sony / Columbia
6The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou$422,840-4%1,1050$383$16,279,0364Disney
7National Treasure$332,908-13%2,28281$146$155,889,7327Disney
8Fat Albert$323,263-27%2,74470$118$34,925,1822Fox
9Darkness$294,894-16%1,71818$172$17,788,3892Miramax / Dimension
10The Polar Express$256,270-25%2,513-105$102$156,335,7688Warner Bros.