'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 Mon, Aug. 15 2005

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Aug. 15 2005LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Four Brothers$2,783,638-57%2,533--$1,099$23,960,6851Paramount
2The Skeleton Key$1,925,489-55%2,771--$695$17,983,3781Universal
3The Dukes of Hazzard$1,588,120-56%3,7850$420$59,048,8762Warner Bros.
4Wedding Crashers$1,502,074-56%3,13125$480$165,377,6335New Line
5Charlie and the Chocolate Factory$1,142,875-51%3,304-398$346$185,083,5385Warner Bros.
6Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo$1,121,520-59%3,127--$359$10,747,6031Sony / Columbia
7March of the Penguins$1,014,767-55%2,063196$492$38,736,0368Warner Independent
8Sky High$890,075-53%2,807-105$317$44,390,3383Disney
9Must Love Dogs$548,621-56%2,420-85$227$35,156,2133Warner Bros.
10Fantastic Four$292,390-60%1,617-722$181$148,805,7196Fox