Grosses

'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 Wed, Aug. 20 2008

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Aug. 20 2008LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tropic Thunder$2,905,176-18%3,3190$875$46,869,1011Paramount / DreamWorks
2The Dark Knight$1,805,580-16%3,508-354$515$477,155,7255Warner Bros.
3Pineapple Express$1,271,605-19%3,003-69$423$67,151,6972Sony / Columbia
4Mamma Mia!$1,080,217-6%2,771-260$390$119,170,2725Universal
5Star Wars: The Clone Wars$1,079,189-19%3,452--$313$18,394,6701Warner Bros.
6Mirrors$906,955-20%2,664--$340$14,369,0891Fox
7The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2$838,872-17%2,603-104$322$34,744,2252Warner Bros.
8The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor$807,265-19%3,363-415$240$88,969,7643Universal
9Step Brothers$609,606-16%2,369-615$257$92,714,5744Sony / Columbia
10The Rocker$577,147--2,627--$220$577,1470Fox