'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, Jul. 25 2009

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jul. 25 2009LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
2Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince$11,192,15120%4,3250$2,588$212,360,3262Warner Bros.
3The Ugly Truth$9,343,582-14%2,882--$3,242$20,180,4061Sony / Columbia
4Orphan$4,499,999-9%2,750--$1,636$9,435,5901Warner Bros.
5Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs$3,227,02523%3,300-517$978$168,944,1544Fox
6Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen$3,212,63329%3,237-620$992$376,796,3965Paramount / DreamWorks
7The Hangover$2,643,06433%2,285-382$1,157$245,257,5608Warner Bros.
8The Proposal$2,544,63118%2,779-264$916$138,360,3436Disney
9Public Enemies$1,764,62841%2,291-827$770$86,941,9374Universal