'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 Sat, Aug. 5 2006

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Aug. 5 2006LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby$16,034,182-11%3,803--$4,216$34,050,3241Sony / Columbia
2Barnyard: The Original Party Animals$5,739,1845%3,311--$1,733$11,220,3111Paramount
3Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest$4,482,27938%3,436-398$1,305$376,422,2325Disney
4Miami Vice$4,009,78729%3,0265$1,325$43,182,0972Universal
5The Descent$3,058,090-10%2,095--$1,460$6,447,7811Lionsgate
6Monster House$2,356,79526%3,029-524$778$55,178,4503Sony / Columbia
7John Tucker Must Die$2,143,526-9%2,5666$835$27,083,0262Fox
8The Ant Bully$1,469,30121%3,0500$482$16,951,0052Warner Bros.
9You, Me and Dupree$1,425,74817%2,263-557$630$65,827,9244Universal
10The Night Listener$1,402,20318%1,367--$1,026$2,590,1381Miramax