'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, Feb. 19 2006

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Feb. 19 2006LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Eight Below$6,680,654-21%3,066--$2,179$20,188,6691Disney
2The Pink Panther (2006)$5,527,563-22%3,4770$1,590$42,392,2432Sony / Columbia
3Date Movie$5,139,317-28%2,896--$1,775$19,076,3671Fox
4Curious George$4,192,494-18%2,5726$1,630$29,923,6992Universal
5Final Destination 3$3,132,195-23%2,8800$1,088$35,776,9932New Line
6Firewall$2,669,352-32%2,8400$940$27,251,6272Warner Bros.
7Freedomland$1,644,190-31%2,361--$696$5,834,2921Sony / Columbia
8Big Momma's House 2$1,490,713-26%2,039-694$731$61,488,5764Fox
9When a Stranger Calls (2006)$1,458,802-29%2,629-375$555$41,287,1823Sony / Screen Gems
10Nanny McPhee$1,320,104-16%2,001-147$660$37,908,8924Universal