'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 continues 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, May. 22 2009

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, May. 22 2009LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian$15,568,591--4,096--$3,801$15,568,5911Fox
2Terminator Salvation$14,813,02811%3,530--$4,196$28,185,1671Warner Bros.
3Angels & Demons$5,989,751129%3,5270$1,698$66,101,7292Sony / Columbia
4Star Trek$5,894,62598%4,053193$1,454$167,530,7783Paramount
5Dance Flick$3,926,814--2,450--$1,603$3,926,8141Paramount
6X-Men Origins: Wolverine$2,250,103177%3,183-709$707$157,503,9194Fox
7Ghosts of Girlfriends Past$1,150,307111%2,255-895$510$43,291,9014Warner Bros. / New Line
8Obsessed$587,467104%1,603-1031$366$64,494,8335Sony / Screen Gems
9Monsters vs. Aliens$294,37558%1,434-517$205$191,946,8299Paramount / DreamWorks
1017 Again$292,57258%1,107-1343$264$59,607,4206Warner Bros. / New Line