'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, Feb. 23 2007

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Feb. 23 2007LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ghost Rider$5,895,274177%3,6201$1,629$64,856,8072Sony / Columbia
2The Number 23$5,697,972--2,759--$2,065$5,697,9721New Line
3Reno 911!: Miami$4,099,981--2,702--$1,517$4,099,9811Fox
4Bridge to Terabithia$3,485,268160%3,1390$1,110$36,132,0842Disney
5Norbit$2,850,298209%3,1457$906$67,786,2413Paramount / DreamWorks
6Music and Lyrics$2,582,118215%2,9550$874$26,646,6602Warner Bros.
8Tyler Perry's Daddy's Little Girls$1,384,621203%2,1110$656$21,701,8842Lionsgate
9The Astronaut Farmer$1,368,678--2,155--$635$1,368,6781Warner Bros.
10Because I Said So$900,664138%1,936-510$465$36,411,6164Universal