Grosses

'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. 29 2005

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Aug. 29 2005LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The 40-Year-Old Virgin$1,836,465-61%2,86823$640$50,403,0012Universal
2The Brothers Grimm$1,395,429-65%3,087--$452$16,488,3051Miramax / Dimension
3Red Eye$972,300-64%3,09112$315$33,536,2952DreamWorks
4Four Brothers$752,762-68%2,6490$284$56,124,2053Paramount
5Wedding Crashers$631,330-61%2,737-183$231$188,172,5437New Line
6The Cave$550,016-67%2,195--$251$6,698,0321Sony / Screen Gems
7March of the Penguins$524,174-65%2,394292$219$56,417,71110Warner Independent
8The Skeleton Key$487,136-59%2,78410$175$38,537,7033Universal
9Valiant$352,224-68%2,0162$175$12,056,1722Disney
10Charlie and the Chocolate Factory$344,909-60%2,005-570$172$197,925,5437Warner Bros.