'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 Sun, Apr. 13 2008

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Apr. 13 2008LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Street Kings$3,308,694-31%2,467--$1,341$12,469,0661Fox Searchlight
2Prom Night (2008)$2,962,819-64%2,700--$1,097$20,805,2021Sony / Screen Gems
3Nim's Island$2,598,184-37%3,5185$739$25,389,7292Fox
421$2,482,569-47%2,73683$907$61,740,2843Sony / Columbia
5Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!$1,686,886-37%3,209-362$526$139,544,9445Fox
7Smart People$990,951-45%1,106--$896$4,092,5971Miramax
8The Ruins$934,452-34%2,8142$332$13,550,6472Paramount / DreamWorks
9Superhero Movie$820,642-43%2,526-439$325$21,306,0763MGM / Weinstein
10Drillbit Taylor$494,876-44%2,205-502$224$28,436,8404Paramount