'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 Sat, Dec. 24 2005

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Dec. 24 2005LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe$4,740,726-40%3,853173$1,230$146,115,2893Disney
2King Kong (2005)$4,559,161-42%3,5680$1,278$99,731,4752Universal
3Fun with Dick and Jane (2005)$2,522,785-52%3,056--$826$15,405,3851Sony / Columbia
4Cheaper by the Dozen 2$1,962,627-50%3,175--$618$11,144,2001Fox
5Memoirs of a Geisha$1,480,191-44%1,5471495$957$7,222,0381Sony / Columbia
6The Family Stone$1,429,922-40%2,4693$579$23,001,8042Fox
7Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire$998,855-38%2,521-664$396$259,327,1896Warner Bros.
8Syriana$750,380-31%1,725-50$435$27,481,0593Warner Bros.
9The Ringer$658,037-72%1,829--$360$3,034,8611Fox Searchlight
10Walk the Line$379,311-41%1,534-1130$247$85,676,7336Fox