'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, Jul. 24 2005

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jul. 24 2005LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Charlie and the Chocolate Factory$8,571,460-19%3,79020$2,262$114,059,0162Warner Bros.
2Wedding Crashers$8,378,290-14%2,9250$2,864$80,369,2482New Line
3Fantastic Four$3,832,998-25%3,449-170$1,111$122,931,4883Fox
4The Island (2005)$3,647,589-20%3,122--$1,168$12,409,2411DreamWorks
5Bad News Bears$3,110,298-25%3,183--$977$11,382,4951Paramount
6War of the Worlds$2,594,968-30%3,265-459$795$208,418,8304Paramount
7Hustle and Flow$2,154,562-28%1,013--$2,127$8,018,9121Paramount Classics
8The Devil's Rejects$1,825,628-19%1,757--$1,039$7,067,6061Lionsgate
9Batman Begins$1,279,053-42%2,275-535$562$191,108,5916Warner Bros.
10Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005)$1,029,975-33%1,916-454$538$174,645,1197Fox