'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, Apr. 4 2008

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Apr. 4 2008LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
121$5,166,761192%2,6535$1,948$36,599,9952Sony / Columbia
3Nim's Island$3,909,893--3,513--$1,113$3,909,8931Fox
4The Ruins$2,789,466--2,812--$992$2,789,4661Paramount / DreamWorks
5Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!$2,522,467132%3,571-255$706$124,482,3294Fox
6Superhero Movie$1,724,940276%2,9655$582$13,207,9792MGM / Weinstein
7Drillbit Taylor$1,144,242179%2,707-354$423$23,227,4113Paramount
8Shutter (2008)$1,022,934214%2,125-631$481$21,331,6253Fox
9Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns$947,698136%1,554-462$610$35,193,8473Lionsgate
1010,000 B.C.$787,800103%2,335-720$337$87,340,3085Warner Bros.