'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, Sep. 28 2008

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Sep. 28 2008LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Eagle Eye$6,971,237-44%3,510--$1,986$29,150,8011Paramount / DreamWorks
2Nights in Rodanthe$3,168,549-43%2,704--$1,172$13,418,4091Warner Bros.
3Lakeview Terrace$1,638,421-50%2,4673$664$25,666,4612Sony / Screen Gems
5Burn After Reading$1,491,559-51%2,649-8$563$45,567,2833Focus
6My Best Friend's Girl$976,087-40%2,63632$370$14,612,1932Lionsgate
7Miracle at St. Anna$951,770-39%1,185--$803$3,478,8931Disney
8Righteous Kill$949,896-45%3,011-141$315$34,711,6903Overture
9Tyler Perry's The Family That Preys$732,992-54%1,604-466$457$32,764,0413Lionsgate
10Ghost Town (2008)$712,154-51%1,5127$471$9,224,3712Paramount / DreamWorks