'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 Fri, Mar. 21 2008

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Mar. 21 2008LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!$10,164,101107%3,9617$2,566$71,582,8462Fox
2Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns$8,115,777--2,006--$4,046$8,115,7771Lionsgate
3Shutter (2008)$4,666,547--2,753--$1,695$4,666,5471Fox
4Drillbit Taylor$4,099,881--3,056--$1,342$4,099,8811Paramount
510,000 B.C.$3,086,05984%3,45444$893$70,552,8413Warner Bros.
6Never Back Down$1,865,82273%2,7290$684$13,825,8992Summit
7College Road Trip$1,847,69381%2,575-131$718$29,223,3953Disney
8The Bank Job$1,307,697131%1,6130$811$16,639,3243Lionsgate
9Vantage Point$1,291,56192%2,124-637$608$62,789,6065Sony / Columbia