'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, Oct. 3 2008

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Oct. 3 2008LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Beverly Hills Chihuahua$8,001,638--3,215--$2,489$8,001,6381Disney
2Eagle Eye$5,439,805252%3,5166$1,547$42,345,2712Paramount / DreamWorks
3Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist$4,401,898--2,421--$1,818$4,401,8981Sony / Columbia
4Nights in Rodanthe$2,426,384161%2,702-2$898$20,147,1722Warner Bros.
5Appaloosa$1,651,08411813%1,0451031$1,580$2,203,5163Warner Bros. / New Line
6Lakeview Terrace$1,352,777221%2,574107$526$28,991,7103Sony / Screen Gems
7Burn After Reading$1,262,403213%2,397-252$527$48,821,0784Focus
8An American Carol$1,221,918--1,639--$746$1,221,9181Vivendi
9Flash of Genius$719,699--1,098--$655$719,6991Universal
10Blindness (2008)$672,569--1,690--$398$672,5691Miramax