'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, Jan. 5 2008

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jan. 5 2008LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1National Treasure: Book of Secrets$8,754,42038%3,762-70$2,327$165,907,1563Disney
2I Am Legend$6,846,19832%3,64812$1,877$224,370,8394Warner Bros.
3Alvin and the Chipmunks$6,782,63946%3,462-22$1,959$172,154,0414Fox
4Juno$6,524,80923%1,925906$3,390$47,617,0712Fox Searchlight
5One Missed Call$5,130,358-2%2,240--$2,290$10,345,6471Warner Bros.
6Charlie Wilson's War$3,566,36739%2,59419$1,375$50,580,5073Universal
7P.S. I Love You$3,268,27525%2,4717$1,323$37,250,6613Warner Bros.
8The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep$2,634,23942%2,7775$949$29,083,6132Sony / Columbia
9Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street$2,276,32230%1,2490$1,823$37,096,3153Paramount / DreamWorks
10The Great Debaters$1,883,56042%1,290119$1,460$20,971,1572MGM / Weinstein