'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, Sep. 18 2005

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Sep. 18 2005LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Just Like Heaven$3,805,376-46%3,508--$1,085$16,409,1921DreamWorks
2The Exorcism of Emily Rose$3,360,551-48%2,9832$1,127$51,560,4582Sony / Screen Gems
3Lord of War$2,456,024-35%2,814--$873$9,390,5411Lionsgate
4The 40-Year-Old Virgin$1,352,842-51%3,00632$450$90,725,9945Universal
5Transporter 2$1,064,039-41%2,805-515$379$36,495,0703Fox
6Cry Wolf$901,046-54%1,789--$504$4,428,7161Rogue
7The Constant Gardener$812,876-53%1,3876$586$24,296,1713Focus
8March of the Penguins$725,231-38%1,876-527$387$70,390,08013Warner Independent
9Red Eye$634,264-52%2,455-621$258$55,184,6225DreamWorks
10Wedding Crashers$526,658-57%1,807-374$291$203,649,91810New Line