'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, Apr. 24 2009

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Apr. 24 2009LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Obsessed$11,209,916--2,514--$4,459$11,209,9161Sony / Screen Gems
2Fighting$4,536,913--2,309--$1,965$4,536,9131Universal / Rogue
317 Again$3,854,147246%3,2550$1,184$32,160,6712Warner Bros. / New Line
4The Soloist$3,204,940--2,024--$1,583$3,204,9401Paramount / DreamWorks
5Earth (2009)$2,893,21678%1,804--$1,604$8,540,6191Disneynature
6State of Play$2,077,797136%2,8074$740$20,311,3742Universal
7Monsters vs. Aliens$2,027,757174%3,538-124$573$168,325,1395Paramount / DreamWorks
8Fast & Furious$1,926,596200%3,566-108$540$141,087,6964Universal
9Hannah Montana: The Movie$1,803,240238%3,231113$558$61,019,6823Disney
10Crank: High Voltage$841,67090%2,2230$379$9,960,9222Lionsgate