'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, Nov. 3 2006

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Nov. 3 2006LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause$5,328,234--3,458--$1,541$5,328,2341Disney
2Saw III$5,192,759190%3,1670$1,640$49,769,0712Lionsgate
3Flushed Away$4,710,224--3,707--$1,271$4,710,2241Paramount / DreamWorks
4The Prestige$2,416,291236%2,30524$1,048$34,048,5943Disney
5The Departed$2,318,299182%2,785-166$832$96,602,8035Warner Bros.
6Flags of Our Fathers$1,318,388136%2,375185$555$23,450,6253Paramount / DreamWorks
7Man of the Year (2006)$1,170,685243%2,388-238$490$31,354,1024Universal
9Open Season (2006)$686,755143%2,458-601$279$78,971,8176Sony / Columbia
10The Guardian (2006)$511,813179%1,274-699$402$51,162,2306Disney