'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, Jul. 6 2008

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jul. 6 2008LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hancock$18,294,492-29%3,965--$4,614$103,877,9981Sony / Columbia
3Wanted (2008)$6,370,849-23%3,18510$2,000$90,185,2702Universal
4Get Smart$3,178,510-35%3,574-341$889$98,103,2803Warner Bros.
5Kung Fu Panda$2,214,640-29%3,347-323$662$193,222,2765Paramount / DreamWorks
6The Incredible Hulk$1,521,235-28%3,043-306$500$124,841,2124Universal
7Kit Kittredge: An American Girl$1,049,974-25%1,8431838$570$5,822,6793Picturehouse
8Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull$1,037,517-36%2,192-364$473$306,426,5417Paramount
9Sex and the City$732,130-29%1,275-480$574$144,892,8436Warner Bros. / New Line
10The Love Guru$611,537-21%2,648-364$231$29,428,5263Paramount