'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. 20 2008

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jul. 20 2008LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Dark Knight$43,596,958-9%4,366--$9,986$158,412,6071Warner Bros.
2Mamma Mia!$8,035,540-18%2,976--$2,700$27,751,2021Universal
3Hancock$4,029,209-26%3,776-189$1,067$191,543,9723Sony / Columbia
4Journey to the Center of the Earth$3,881,837-19%2,83019$1,372$43,507,1872Warner Bros. / New Line
6Hellboy II: The Golden Army$3,131,773-16%3,2128$975$56,526,7622Universal
7Space Chimps$2,032,383-24%2,511--$809$7,183,0361Fox
8Wanted (2008)$1,544,444-20%2,433-724$635$123,323,6644Universal
9Get Smart$1,093,352-33%2,135-951$512$119,611,3885Warner Bros.
10Kung Fu Panda$613,645-15%1,505-1199$408$206,617,2337Paramount / DreamWorks