'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. 11 2005

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Dec. 11 2005LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe$17,223,728-32%3,616--$4,763$65,555,9031Disney
2Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire$2,987,890-35%3,728-130$801$244,073,8384Warner Bros.
3Syriana$2,933,872-41%1,7521743$1,675$13,238,6261Warner Bros.
4Walk the Line$1,391,333-47%3,034-126$459$76,990,9264Fox
5Yours, Mine and Ours (2005)$1,277,178-46%3,2100$398$40,817,3343Paramount
6Aeon Flux$1,223,399-36%2,6080$469$20,217,5992Paramount
7Just Friends$816,440-51%2,464-41$331$26,384,7163New Line
8Chicken Little$684,738-37%2,326-695$294$127,280,7146Disney
9Pride & Prejudice (2005)$570,029-50%1,3358$427$26,400,2355Focus
10Rent$457,491-47%1,971-466$232$26,916,9533Sony / Columbia