'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, Feb. 3 2007

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Feb. 3 2007LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Messengers$6,567,0858%2,528--$2,598$12,651,9181Sony / Screen Gems
2Because I Said So$5,961,85327%2,526--$2,360$10,648,6311Universal
3Epic Movie$4,213,52754%2,84039$1,484$28,100,0252Fox
4Night at the Museum$3,438,502104%3,003-238$1,145$223,741,8847Fox
5Smokin' Aces$3,017,47137%2,2191$1,360$23,843,9022Universal
6Stomp the Yard$2,165,04476%2,16954$998$55,201,9504Sony / Screen Gems
7Dreamgirls$2,092,77080%2,79712$748$92,005,4116Paramount / DreamWorks
8Pan's Labyrinth$1,774,71656%1,082259$1,640$20,940,4896Picturehouse
9The Pursuit of Happyness$1,580,36371%2,233-455$708$156,756,3018Sony / Columbia
10The Queen$1,305,92873%1,85020$706$44,821,76519Miramax