'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 Sat, Apr. 16 2005

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Apr. 16 2005LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Amityville Horror (2005)$8,793,958-3%3,323--$2,646$17,897,3631MGM
2Sahara (2005)$5,904,18253%3,1540$1,872$33,119,1382Paramount
3Fever Pitch (2005)$3,874,53537%3,2758$1,183$21,855,9202Fox
4Sin City$2,830,90438%3,002-228$943$59,499,8673Miramax / Dimension
5Guess Who$2,204,75943%2,999-65$735$56,414,7754Sony / Columbia
6Beauty Shop$1,749,43956%2,260-399$774$30,345,4963MGM
8Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous$1,343,57246%2,625-386$512$40,960,9074Warner Bros.
9The Pacifier$1,120,71666%2,068-307$542$103,107,0537Disney
10The Upside of Anger$994,19363%1,16615$853$14,602,7526New Line