'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 Wed, Jun. 29 2005

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jun. 29 2005LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1War of the Worlds$21,256,178--3,908--$5,439$21,256,1780Paramount
2Batman Begins$2,574,186-31%3,765-93$684$132,826,9962Warner Bros.
3Herbie: Fully Loaded$2,202,979-1%3,521220$626$24,229,8761Disney
4Bewitched$2,021,054-22%3,174--$637$27,515,7481Sony / Columbia
5Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005)$1,623,424-28%3,040-411$534$131,674,1283Fox
7Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith$653,506-23%1,972-951$331$360,794,3706Fox
8The Longest Yard (2005)$584,351-26%1,790-1522$326$144,121,9475Paramount
9George A. Romero's Land of the Dead$562,949-41%2,249--$250$12,932,2691Universal
10The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3D$514,890-22%2,352-303$219$32,312,3953Miramax / Dimension