'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, Jun. 24 2005

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jun. 24 2005LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Batman Begins$8,269,46385%3,8580$2,143$103,194,9042Warner Bros.
2Bewitched$7,586,807--3,174--$2,390$7,586,8071Sony / Columbia
3Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005)$5,253,25996%3,265-186$1,609$113,940,0053Fox
4George A. Romero's Land of the Dead$4,261,498--2,249--$1,895$4,261,4981Universal
5Herbie: Fully Loaded$4,121,50377%3,521--$1,171$9,157,5471Disney
7The Longest Yard (2005)$1,760,55981%2,516-796$700$138,180,3995Paramount
8Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith$1,702,20476%2,371-552$718$354,055,2306Fox
9The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3D$974,57842%2,352-303$414$28,023,9973Miramax / Dimension
10Cinderella Man$947,68278%1,677-933$565$47,268,5904Universal