'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. 25 2005

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Dec. 25 2005LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1King Kong (2005)$8,850,45894%3,5768$2,475$108,581,9332Universal
2The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe$7,106,79450%3,853173$1,844$153,222,0833Disney
3Fun with Dick and Jane (2005)$6,554,034160%3,056--$2,145$21,959,4191Sony / Columbia
4Rumor Has It$3,473,901--2,815--$1,234$3,473,9011Warner Bros.
5Cheaper by the Dozen 2$3,447,40876%3,175--$1,086$14,591,6081Fox
6Wolf Creek$2,805,020--1,749--$1,604$2,805,0201Weinstein / Dimension
7The Family Stone$2,760,70993%2,4693$1,118$25,762,5132Fox
8Memoirs of a Geisha$2,619,52177%1,5471495$1,693$9,841,5591Sony / Columbia
9The Ringer$2,123,801223%1,829--$1,161$5,158,6621Fox Searchlight
10Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire$1,308,64131%2,521-664$519$260,635,8306Warner Bros.