'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, Sep. 12 2007

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Sep. 12 2007LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
13:10 to Yuma (2007)$1,275,354-14%2,652--$481$18,158,6231Lionsgate
2Superbad$721,803-8%3,06967$235$105,408,7564Sony / Columbia
3Halloween (2007)$600,651-10%3,4753$173$45,653,7802MGM / Weinstein
4Shoot 'Em Up$479,683-16%2,108--$228$7,299,1831New Line
5The Bourne Ultimatum$421,307-10%3,081-209$137$211,590,8786Universal
6Balls of Fury$321,3712%3,08129$104$25,160,4502Rogue
7Rush Hour 3$276,533-1%2,690-318$103$129,521,1825New Line
8The Nanny Diaries$229,049-2%2,444-192$94$21,541,1623MGM / Weinstein
9Death Sentence$174,029-11%1,8231$95$8,523,2282Fox
10Mr. Bean's Holiday$168,8150%1,77813$95$25,571,7803Universal