'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 Tue, Dec. 20 2005

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Dec. 20 2005LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1King Kong (2005)$5,244,047-7%3,568--$1,470$77,063,9461Universal
2The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe$4,915,9826%3,68064$1,336$122,739,6522Disney
3The Family Stone$1,731,2291%2,466--$702$15,970,4411Fox
4Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire$1,003,52913%3,185-543$315$254,490,1645Warner Bros.
5Syriana$803,5086%1,77523$453$24,025,5912Warner Bros.
6Yours, Mine and Ours (2005)$596,55212%2,723-487$219$46,331,5874Paramount
7Walk the Line$567,2848%2,664-370$213$83,699,2295Fox
8Just Friends$385,7758%1,882-582$205$30,328,4254New Line
9Pride & Prejudice (2005)$291,03711%1,141-194$255$29,721,5216Focus
10Aeon Flux$276,3392%2,058-550$134$23,762,0993Paramount