'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 Wed, Jan. 3 2007

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jan. 3 2007LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Night at the Museum$3,687,934-35%3,76880$979$136,692,0952Fox
2The Pursuit of Happyness$1,923,140-32%2,8707$670$109,251,5423Sony / Columbia
3Charlotte's Web (2006)$1,329,487-32%3,74517$355$59,091,8293Paramount
4The Good Shepherd$1,052,891-30%2,2183$475$40,854,1532Universal
5Rocky Balboa$1,001,226-33%3,0192$332$53,644,1582MGM
7Happy Feet$901,186-33%2,5650$351$180,581,4607Warner Bros.
8The Holiday$857,459-25%2,69863$318$54,146,1214Sony / Columbia
9We Are Marshall$782,183-36%2,6060$300$28,383,0272Warner Bros.
10Blood Diamond$748,679-23%1,9200$390$39,318,3074Warner Bros.