'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 Fri, Feb. 24 2006

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Feb. 24 2006LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tyler Perry's Madea's Family Reunion$10,466,765--2,194--$4,771$10,466,7651Lionsgate
2Eight Below$4,097,729189%3,0726$1,334$33,431,8822Disney
3Date Movie$3,209,734259%2,8982$1,108$27,897,8622Fox
4The Pink Panther (2006)$2,978,695187%3,313-164$899$52,724,6353Sony / Columbia
5Firewall$1,810,467185%2,740-100$661$32,422,4423Warner Bros.
6Curious George$1,630,15692%2,60937$625$37,764,0563Universal
7Final Destination 3$1,592,707128%2,726-154$584$41,048,0153New Line
8Running Scared$1,022,418--1,611--$635$1,022,4181New Line
9Doogal$873,307--2,318--$377$873,3071The Weinstein Company
10When a Stranger Calls (2006)$847,904201%2,060-569$412$43,804,0704Sony / Screen Gems