'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, Sep. 5 2008

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Sep. 5 2008LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bangkok Dangerous$2,742,590--2,650--$1,035$2,742,5901Lionsgate
2Tropic Thunder$2,103,868191%3,446-27$611$91,413,9094Paramount / DreamWorks
3The House Bunny$1,702,973307%2,73622$622$29,751,2423Sony / Columbia
4The Dark Knight$1,464,754177%2,575-175$569$507,959,8558Warner Bros.
6Babylon A.D.$1,238,464163%3,42535$362$14,436,2312Fox
7Death Race$1,047,457136%2,58649$405$27,244,9193Universal
8Disaster Movie$872,940421%2,6420$330$8,445,5272Lionsgate
9Mamma Mia!$799,817115%1,904-64$420$134,382,3268Universal
10Pineapple Express$696,512143%1,802-245$387$82,452,6725Sony / Columbia