'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 Sun, Dec. 23 2007

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Dec. 23 2007LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1National Treasure: Book of Secrets$12,699,258-17%3,832--$3,314$44,783,4111Disney
2I Am Legend$10,193,407-18%3,62014$2,816$136,769,6692Warner Bros.
3Alvin and the Chipmunks$8,853,561-19%3,49924$2,530$84,043,8002Fox
4Charlie Wilson's War$3,167,990-14%2,575--$1,230$9,657,3591Universal
5Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street$2,582,078-11%1,249--$2,067$9,301,2011Paramount / DreamWorks
6P.S. I Love You$1,928,332-11%2,454--$786$6,480,5541Warner Bros.
7The Golden Compass$1,630,860-4%2,953-575$552$49,002,1783New Line
9Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story$1,300,007-6%2,650--$491$4,173,2731Sony / Columbia
10No Country for Old Men$685,782-2%1,222-126$561$36,909,8177Miramax