'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 Tue, Aug. 4 2009

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Aug. 4 2009LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Funny People$2,691,087-14%3,007--$895$28,461,7471Universal
3Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince$2,420,015-4%4,39368$551$260,612,1503Warner Bros.
4The Ugly Truth$2,057,1864%2,8820$714$58,697,4722Sony / Columbia
5Aliens in the Attic$1,185,43015%3,106--$382$10,223,3451Fox
6Orphan$1,079,900-2%2,7500$393$29,244,6032Warner Bros.
7Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs$826,5788%2,757-543$300$183,659,7705Fox
8The Proposal$781,6658%2,435-344$321$150,468,8777Disney
9The Hangover$688,1780%2,071-214$332$257,278,5809Warner Bros.
10Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen$650,806-3%2,626-611$248$389,513,6646Paramount / DreamWorks