'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 Sat, May. 2 2009

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, May. 2 2009LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1X-Men Origins: Wolverine$29,323,823-15%4,099--$7,154$63,757,3571Fox
2Ghosts of Girlfriends Past$6,102,7055%3,175--$1,922$11,909,9231Warner Bros. / New Line
3Obsessed$5,158,62527%2,5140$2,052$44,037,4412Sony / Screen Gems
417 Again$2,787,32740%3,2550$856$46,927,0033Warner Bros. / New Line
5Monsters vs. Aliens$2,628,952102%2,626-912$1,001$180,541,1816Paramount / DreamWorks
6The Soloist$2,423,83845%2,0339$1,192$16,606,0422Paramount / DreamWorks
7Hannah Montana: The Movie$1,852,21571%2,819-412$657$69,714,7814Disney
8Earth (2009)$1,699,54634%1,8040$942$20,630,0212Disneynature
9State of Play$1,662,52955%2,445-362$680$29,967,2823Universal
10Fighting$1,583,90811%2,3123$685$16,338,0962Universal / Rogue