'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, Jun. 4 2006

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jun. 4 2006LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Break-Up$10,207,279-32%3,070--$3,325$39,172,5721Universal
2X-Men: The Last Stand$9,378,019-35%3,71424$2,525$175,347,8462Fox
3Over the Hedge$6,136,925-33%3,993-100$1,537$112,359,8393Paramount / DreamWorks
4The Da Vinci Code$5,212,890-36%3,7573$1,388$171,966,5803Sony / Columbia
5Mission: Impossible III$1,309,480-37%2,667-386$491$122,672,2945Paramount
6Poseidon$980,354-35%2,720-525$360$51,765,5684Warner Bros.
7RV$902,009-37%2,181-300$414$61,709,0816Sony / Columbia
8See No Evil$588,391-30%1,2700$463$12,404,6713Lionsgate