'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 Thu, Jan. 15 2009

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jan. 15 2009LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gran Torino$2,466,8333%2,8082724$879$50,998,1461Warner Bros.
2Bride Wars$1,275,39616%3,226--$395$25,827,1971Fox
3The Unborn (2009)$836,11413%2,357--$355$23,237,7451Universal / Rogue
4The Curious Case of Benjamin Button$719,0443%2,947-41$244$97,022,8793Paramount
5Marley & Me$689,96012%3,478-27$198$126,408,2193Fox
6Valkyrie$561,5225%2,83860$198$73,720,0223MGM / United Artists
7Bedtime Stories$442,24632%3,511-173$126$98,902,7713Disney
8Yes Man$431,38810%2,955-479$146$90,959,4444Warner Bros.
9Seven Pounds$305,5195%2,456-302$124$67,953,9374Sony / Columbia
10Twilight (2008)$292,37116%1,466-422$199$182,465,1158Summit