'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, Jun. 5 2009

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jun. 5 2009LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hangover$16,734,511--3,269--$5,119$16,734,5111Warner Bros.
3Land of the Lost$7,130,906--3,521--$2,025$7,130,9061Universal
4Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian$4,619,860103%3,807-294$1,214$117,310,4083Fox
5Terminator Salvation$2,606,80082%3,304-298$789$99,928,7853Warner Bros.
6Drag Me to Hell$2,572,114121%2,5102$1,025$23,762,7972Universal
7Star Trek$2,480,565102%3,202-305$775$216,884,3545Paramount
8Angels & Demons$1,995,34687%2,925-539$682$111,622,4284Sony / Columbia
9My Life in Ruins$1,108,482--1,164--$952$1,108,4821Fox Searchlight
10Dance Flick$685,66671%1,707-752$402$21,353,4623Paramount