'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, Jun. 18 2005

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jun. 18 2005LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Batman Begins$18,017,21020%3,858--$4,670$57,242,5891Warner Bros.
2Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005)$10,380,41923%3,45127$3,008$89,504,7042Fox
4Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith$3,943,71753%2,923-399$1,349$344,625,5795Fox
5The Longest Yard (2005)$3,333,76424%3,312-342$1,007$129,929,5434Paramount
6The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3D$2,667,02530%2,6550$1,005$22,043,6822Miramax / Dimension
7Cinderella Man$2,296,02448%2,610-210$880$42,171,0013Universal
8The Perfect Man$2,003,047-5%2,087--$960$4,121,7991Universal
9The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants$1,237,3921%2,206-377$561$29,490,8983Warner Bros.
10The Honeymooners$1,070,88031%1,9120$560$8,792,8042Paramount