'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 Thu, Dec. 22 2005

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Dec. 22 2005LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe$5,763,38717%3,68064$1,566$133,443,7512Disney
2King Kong (2005)$5,387,89611%3,5681$1,510$87,322,3971Universal
3Fun with Dick and Jane (2005)$3,814,7391%3,056--$1,248$7,576,2420Sony / Columbia
4Cheaper by the Dozen 2$2,731,7547%3,100--$881$5,281,6000Fox
5The Family Stone$1,693,21810%2,469--$686$19,197,9831Fox
6Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire$1,222,54821%2,750-575$445$256,719,7845Warner Bros.
7Syriana$871,60917%1,77523$491$25,643,1812Warner Bros.
8Walk the Line$518,03719%1,853-896$280$84,652,6045Fox
9Yours, Mine and Ours (2005)$381,76515%2,723-487$140$47,044,5484Paramount
10Pride & Prejudice (2005)$374,39218%1,141-194$328$30,412,0246Focus