'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. 25 2009

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jan. 25 2009LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Paul Blart: Mall Cop$5,944,471-41%3,1440$1,891$64,923,7252Sony / Columbia
2Underworld: Rise of the Lycans$4,966,900-37%2,942--$1,688$20,829,4461Sony / Screen Gems
3Gran Torino$4,493,628-40%3,04573$1,476$97,821,6603Warner Bros.
4Hotel for Dogs$4,147,646-33%3,2710$1,268$37,455,5952Paramount / DreamWorks
5Slumdog Millionaire$3,147,630-34%1,411829$2,231$56,063,99711Fox Searchlight
6My Bloody Valentine 3D$2,567,157-41%2,5340$1,013$37,686,4022Lionsgate
7Inkheart$2,096,961-38%2,655--$790$7,602,1611Warner Bros. / New Line
8The Curious Case of Benjamin Button$1,704,002-37%2,26340$753$111,125,9075Paramount
9Defiance (2008)$1,621,088-36%1,7934$904$18,567,4564Paramount Vantage
10Bride Wars$1,607,657-48%2,621-607$613$48,570,1793Fox