'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, Jan. 18 2009

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jan. 18 2009LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Paul Blart: Mall Cop$8,805,087-33%3,144--$2,801$31,832,5841Sony / Columbia
2Gran Torino$5,683,225-43%2,972164$1,912$72,976,9432Warner Bros.
3My Bloody Valentine 3D$5,356,242-30%2,534--$2,114$21,240,5921Lionsgate
4Hotel for Dogs$5,327,549-27%3,271--$1,629$17,011,3681Paramount / DreamWorks
5Notorious (2009)$4,667,237-38%1,638--$2,849$20,497,4241Fox Searchlight
6Bride Wars$3,199,255-32%3,2282$991$37,478,2652Fox
7Defiance (2008)$2,378,335-38%1,7891787$1,329$9,254,8993Paramount Vantage
8The Unborn (2009)$2,264,901-39%2,3592$960$32,580,7582Universal / Rogue
9Marley & Me$1,734,435-37%2,952-526$588$132,547,2474Fox
10The Curious Case of Benjamin Button$1,544,390-37%2,223-724$695$102,598,4684Paramount