'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, Dec. 4 2005

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Dec. 4 2005LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire$5,620,757-37%3,8580$1,457$229,269,1263Warner Bros.
2Aeon Flux$3,102,359-37%2,608--$1,190$12,661,6701Paramount
3Walk the Line$2,264,279-46%3,16022$717$68,299,3583Fox
4Yours, Mine and Ours (2005)$2,124,059-45%3,2104$662$34,422,7982Paramount
5Chicken Little$1,289,879-38%3,021-454$427$124,119,3405Disney
6Just Friends$1,203,054-49%2,5050$480$21,116,9812New Line
7Pride & Prejudice (2005)$1,063,959-44%1,32728$802$22,410,1634Focus
8Rent$940,143-51%2,4374$386$23,745,1232Sony / Columbia
9Derailed$527,697-49%1,702-359$310$32,711,1014The Weinstein Company
10The Ice Harvest$416,258-42%1,5555$268$7,690,9202Focus