'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, Jul. 14 2007

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jul. 14 2007LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix$28,310,15210%4,285--$6,607$116,758,9561Warner Bros.
2Transformers$14,495,57534%4,05039$3,579$212,310,2782Paramount / DreamWorks
4Live Free or Die Hard$4,646,92243%3,201-210$1,452$99,933,6853Fox
5License to Wed$2,884,80622%2,715111$1,063$28,323,9892Warner Bros.
6Evan Almighty$1,968,09230%2,697-763$730$86,371,8734Universal
71408$1,923,95618%2,206-425$872$60,741,5204MGM / Weinstein
8Knocked Up$1,513,11840%1,710-503$885$137,133,8257Universal
9Ocean's Thirteen$836,15641%1,244-858$672$111,954,9166Warner Bros.
10Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer$681,31648%1,312-1306$519$126,701,9685Fox