'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 Fri, May. 20 2005

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, May. 20 2005LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith$33,529,817-33%3,661--$9,159$83,542,8581Fox
2Monster-in-Law$4,466,901193%3,4240$1,305$34,294,1062New Line
3Kicking & Screaming$3,209,511364%3,47015$925$26,686,1172Universal
4Crash (2005)$1,559,273188%1,90529$819$23,662,7643Lionsgate
6House of Wax$1,022,548212%2,766-345$370$24,648,7463Warner Bros.
7Kingdom of Heaven$978,757141%2,808-411$349$38,658,8533Fox
8The Interpreter$833,943231%2,164-438$385$63,327,2455Universal
9The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy$571,045182%2,211-559$258$45,418,8454Disney
10Mindhunters$286,120172%1,0400$275$2,844,6592Dimension Films