'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 Thu, Mar. 13 2008

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Mar. 13 2008LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
110,000 B.C.$1,946,548-2%3,410--$571$44,804,7141Warner Bros.
2College Road Trip$680,4787%2,706--$251$16,393,5171Disney
3Vantage Point$565,1805%3,16313$179$53,800,1453Sony / Columbia
4The Bank Job$543,7690%1,603--$339$8,204,4761Lionsgate
5Semi-Pro$488,0982%3,1210$156$26,773,1302New Line
6The Other Boleyn Girl$402,7182%1,1671$345$16,270,2352Sony / Columbia
7The Spiderwick Chronicles$365,85210%3,246-408$113$63,041,8224Paramount
9Fool's Gold$228,88511%2,322-523$99$63,668,0275Warner Bros.
10Step Up 2 the Streets$228,1725%2,251-277$101$53,928,7954Disney