'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 Mon, May. 1 2006

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, May. 1 2006LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1United 93$969,871-68%1,795--$540$12,446,9421Universal
2RV$888,262-80%3,639--$244$17,302,9031Sony / Columbia
3Silent Hill$744,083-69%2,9326$254$35,011,9682Sony / Columbia
4The Sentinel$524,912-72%2,85132$184$26,251,0392Fox
5Scary Movie 4$467,620-75%3,418-256$137$78,634,8973Weinstein / Dimension
6Stick It$462,277-80%2,038--$227$11,265,2821Disney
7Ice Age: The Meltdown$370,189-83%3,122-418$119$178,232,0185Fox
8Akeelah and the Bee$323,450-80%2,195--$147$6,335,5561Lionsgate
9The Wild$227,412-86%2,605-249$87$28,738,3033Disney
10The Benchwarmers$221,204-80%2,695-399$82$52,985,6174Sony / Columbia