'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, Feb. 20 2008

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Feb. 20 2008LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
2The Spiderwick Chronicles$1,216,937-13%3,847--$316$29,738,4961Paramount
3Step Up 2 the Streets$876,392-18%2,470--$355$30,670,6401Disney
4Fool's Gold$741,788-10%3,1250$237$45,376,1982Warner Bros.
5Definitely, Maybe$627,983-11%2,204--$285$15,924,8581Universal
6Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins$405,004-17%2,3870$170$31,077,2352Universal
7Juno$380,822-9%1,865-456$204$125,854,0008Fox Searchlight
8The Bucket List$294,842-6%2,307-446$128$82,267,7766Warner Bros.
927 Dresses$261,094-6%1,936-905$135$71,187,1105Fox
10There Will Be Blood$252,340-5%1,410-210$179$32,137,2278Paramount Vantage