'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. 16 2005

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jan. 16 2005LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Coach Carter$6,787,705-29%2,524--$2,689$24,182,8811Paramount
2Meet the Fockers$5,473,714-33%3,55427$1,540$231,109,5264Universal
3Racing Stripes$4,788,138-19%3,185--$1,503$13,919,6721Warner Bros.
4In Good Company$4,048,650-29%1,5661563$2,585$14,788,4203Universal
5White Noise$3,498,676-27%2,27918$1,535$41,109,5472Universal
7The Aviator (2004)$1,466,101-32%1,95689$750$50,249,3134Miramax
8Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events$1,344,085-23%2,540-803$529$111,119,5505Paramount
9Fat Albert$900,492-30%2,043-632$441$44,613,9994Fox
10Ocean's Twelve$832,885-33%2,105-905$396$119,942,2956Warner Bros.