'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, Jul. 4 2008

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jul. 4 2008LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hancock$18,527,8829%3,965--$4,673$59,802,4211Sony / Columbia
3Wanted (2008)$5,366,82216%3,18510$1,685$75,501,8252Universal
4Get Smart$3,027,16323%3,574-341$847$90,021,6733Warner Bros.
5Kung Fu Panda$2,005,8448%3,347-323$599$187,909,3895Paramount / DreamWorks
6The Incredible Hulk$1,262,91527%3,043-306$415$121,205,9504Universal
7Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull$1,120,16346%2,192-364$511$303,772,5767Paramount
8Kit Kittredge: An American Girl$857,694-6%1,8431838$465$3,381,7943Picturehouse
9Sex and the City$622,086-3%1,275-480$488$143,133,1526Warner Bros. / New Line
10You Don't Mess with the Zohan$494,22016%1,731-416$286$93,285,0935Sony / Columbia