'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, Aug. 22 2008

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Aug. 22 2008LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The House Bunny$5,918,850--2,714--$2,181$5,918,8501Sony / Columbia
2Tropic Thunder$4,844,23879%3,35233$1,445$54,412,0822Paramount / DreamWorks
3Death Race$4,620,465--2,532--$1,825$4,620,4651Universal
4The Dark Knight$2,991,38773%3,163-427$946$481,873,6876Warner Bros.
5Pineapple Express$1,674,24742%2,620-452$639$70,001,0743Sony / Columbia
7Star Wars: The Clone Wars$1,595,78669%3,4520$462$20,932,7462Warner Bros.
8The Longshots$1,327,058--2,089--$635$1,327,0581MGM / Weinstein
9Mamma Mia!$1,325,45035%2,326-445$570$121,478,8216Universal
10The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor$1,186,27753%2,422-941$490$90,929,9074Universal