'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, Dec. 17 2006

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Dec. 17 2006LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Pursuit of Happyness$7,045,383-33%2,852--$2,470$26,541,2151Sony / Columbia
3Charlotte's Web (2006)$3,360,442-28%3,566--$942$11,458,2951Paramount
5Happy Feet$2,555,976-31%3,335-315$766$149,251,9955Warner Bros.
6The Holiday$2,227,101-31%2,6144$852$25,124,8822Sony / Columbia
7Blood Diamond$1,892,458-33%1,9100$991$18,636,4582Warner Bros.
8The Nativity Story$1,730,2490%2,574-509$672$23,021,0513New Line
9Casino Royale (2006)$1,545,203-38%2,437-724$634$137,502,2545Sony / Columbia
10Unaccompanied Minors$972,725-36%2,7750$351$10,093,1502Warner Bros.