'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 Tue, Mar. 21 2006

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Mar. 21 2006LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1V for Vendetta$2,157,931-4%3,365--$641$30,052,2701Warner Bros.
2Failure to Launch$1,217,3309%3,11760$391$50,609,6252Paramount
3The Shaggy Dog (2006)$803,5260%3,5010$230$37,241,2532Disney
4The Hills Have Eyes (2006)$673,707-5%2,6211$257$30,124,1282Fox Searchlight
5She's the Man$586,9650%2,623--$224$11,904,0611Paramount / DreamWorks
616 Blocks$423,2627%2,666-40$159$31,008,5633Warner Bros.
7Eight Below$358,37411%2,603-367$138$73,726,8485Disney
8The Pink Panther (2006)$178,2283%1,852-450$96$78,925,9206Sony / Columbia
9Tyler Perry's Madea's Family Reunion$169,336-5%1,403-409$121$60,378,2194Lionsgate