'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. 30 2007

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Dec. 30 2007LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1National Treasure: Book of Secrets$10,738,097-15%3,8320$2,802$124,076,2212Disney
2I Am Legend$8,244,105-17%3,63616$2,267$194,490,3613Warner Bros.
3Alvin and the Chipmunks$8,223,183-22%3,484-15$2,360$141,400,8723Fox
4Charlie Wilson's War$3,708,027-15%2,5750$1,440$34,750,3812Universal
5Juno$3,609,316-2%1,019715$3,542$26,017,6811Fox Searchlight
6Aliens vs. Predator - Requiem$3,110,050-13%2,611--$1,191$26,888,5171Fox
7P.S. I Love You$2,983,272-9%2,46410$1,211$23,587,1332Warner Bros.
8The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep$2,749,081-16%2,772--$992$16,796,2461Sony / Columbia
9Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street$2,702,592-5%1,2490$2,164$26,915,4192Paramount / DreamWorks