'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 Mon, Aug. 4 2008

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Aug. 4 2008LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Dark Knight$6,287,443-51%4,266-40$1,474$400,043,0003Warner Bros.
2The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor$4,248,609-60%3,760--$1,130$44,707,3441Universal
3Step Brothers$2,804,671-46%3,0940$906$65,975,1482Sony / Columbia
4Mamma Mia!$2,097,411-44%3,06272$685$89,567,8483Universal
5Journey to the Center of the Earth$1,007,068-50%2,285-403$441$73,939,6704Warner Bros. / New Line
7Swing Vote$726,140-57%2,213--$328$6,957,0821Disney
8Hancock$717,815-49%2,782-527$258$216,602,2025Sony / Columbia
9The X-Files: I Want to Believe$462,873-54%3,1850$145$17,481,5482Fox
10Space Chimps$457,699-42%2,134-404$214$22,431,6663Fox