'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, May. 1 2005

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, May. 1 2005LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy$4,767,837-44%3,133--$1,522$21,105,2331Disney
2The Interpreter$3,123,746-53%2,7646$1,130$43,152,8562Universal
3XXX: State of the Union$3,100,557-43%3,480--$891$12,713,2921Sony / Columbia
4The Amityville Horror (2005)$1,835,528-47%3,058-265$600$54,817,4763MGM
5Sahara (2005)$1,377,842-50%3,112-88$443$56,888,0734Paramount
6A Lot Like Love$1,034,604-54%2,5020$414$14,560,2492Disney
7Kung Fu Hustle$904,162-38%2,440-63$371$12,444,3684Sony Pictures Classics
8Fever Pitch (2005)$727,575-58%2,192-683$332$36,319,2884Fox
10Sin City$536,721-40%1,665-678$322$70,618,8915Miramax / Dimension