'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, Jan. 2 2009

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jan. 2 2009LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Marley & Me$9,637,635-3%3,50525$2,750$92,035,8542Fox
2Bedtime Stories$8,469,8652%3,6843$2,299$73,505,4292Disney
3The Curious Case of Benjamin Button$7,065,320-11%2,9880$2,365$67,671,0212Paramount
4Yes Man$5,495,178-1%3,4340$1,600$71,093,2273Warner Bros.
5Valkyrie$5,474,519-5%2,77867$1,971$52,123,7172MGM / United Artists
6Seven Pounds$3,942,115-5%2,7580$1,429$54,019,1583Sony / Columbia
7The Tale of Despereaux$2,797,9533%3,091-16$905$39,570,1583Universal
8The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)$1,931,068-7%2,337-65$826$71,305,7504Fox
10Twilight (2008)$1,765,36610%1,88839$935$174,039,0827Summit