'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, Jan. 29 2006

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jan. 29 2006LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Big Momma's House 2$7,069,658-42%3,261--$2,168$27,737,2551Fox
2Nanny McPhee$4,538,072-29%1,995--$2,275$14,503,6291Universal
3Underworld: Evolution$3,250,131-33%3,2070$1,013$44,606,8662Sony / Screen Gems
5Brokeback Mountain$1,887,850-34%1,654458$1,141$51,048,3518Focus
6The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe$1,424,786-30%2,170-587$657$277,869,8168Disney
7Glory Road$1,299,058-48%2,3971$542$34,946,1443Disney
8Last Holiday$1,200,742-47%2,442-72$492$32,630,6493Paramount
9Fun with Dick and Jane (2005)$854,734-48%2,132-694$401$106,217,2876Sony / Columbia
10Walk the Line$826,071-42%1,20176$688$106,121,89511Fox