'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, Mar. 31 2006

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Mar. 31 2006LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ice Age: The Meltdown$21,788,289--3,964--$5,497$21,788,2891Fox
2Inside Man$4,867,902172%2,83012$1,720$41,938,7272Universal
3ATL$4,566,287--1,602--$2,850$4,566,2871Warner Bros.
4Failure to Launch$2,217,520185%3,074-128$721$68,845,3314Paramount
5V for Vendetta$2,056,111105%2,910-455$707$52,423,0193Warner Bros.
6Stay Alive$1,666,078276%2,0090$829$14,440,6632Disney
7She's the Man$1,526,613226%2,552-79$598$23,723,4053Paramount / DreamWorks
9Basic Instinct 2$1,136,040--1,453--$782$1,136,0401Sony / Columbia
10Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector$1,066,662274%1,74737$611$9,365,0022Lionsgate