'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, Oct. 1 2006

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Oct. 1 2006LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Open Season (2006)$7,179,542-30%3,833--$1,873$23,624,4181Sony / Columbia
2The Guardian (2006)$4,599,389-39%3,241--$1,419$18,006,3581Disney
3jackass: number two$4,057,577-31%3,0634$1,325$52,070,3212Paramount
4School for Scoundrels (2006)$2,111,726-41%3,004--$703$8,603,0921MGM / Weinstein
5Jet Li's Fearless$1,463,791-31%1,8104$809$18,074,2742Rogue
6Gridiron Gang$1,152,793-46%3,033-477$380$33,258,0283Sony / Columbia
7The Illusionist (2006)$717,444-42%1,319-113$544$31,386,0357Yari Film Group
9The Black Dahlia$562,647-40%2,009-227$280$20,742,1073Universal
10Little Miss Sunshine$484,807-48%1,065-319$455$53,138,32210Fox Searchlight