'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, Aug. 3 2005

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Aug. 3 2005LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Wedding Crashers$2,852,892-6%3,030105$942$124,865,0853New Line
2Charlie and the Chocolate Factory$2,485,426-3%3,775-15$658$155,970,2353Warner Bros.
3Sky High$2,011,386-2%2,905--$692$20,923,3401Disney
4Must Love Dogs$1,473,218-3%2,505--$588$17,396,6121Warner Bros.
5Stealth$1,228,619-11%3,495--$352$17,480,0731Sony / Columbia
6Bad News Bears$848,302-4%3,1830$267$25,337,9192Paramount
7The Island (2005)$828,269-6%3,13816$264$27,002,6352DreamWorks
8Fantastic Four$823,735-5%2,744-705$300$138,890,4104Fox
9War of the Worlds$632,675-7%2,324-941$272$220,412,2185Paramount
10The Devil's Rejects$360,098-7%1,7570$205$13,724,6002Lionsgate