'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, Aug. 15 2009

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Aug. 15 2009LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1District 9$12,613,510-11%3,049--$4,137$26,777,0981Sony / TriStar
2G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra$8,877,53126%4,0070$2,216$92,152,8482Paramount
3The Time Traveler's Wife$6,374,462-17%2,988--$2,133$14,094,5121Warner Bros. / New Line
4Julie & Julia$4,851,92033%2,3540$2,061$39,788,6322Sony / Columbia
6Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince$2,045,38741%2,771-684$738$282,239,3525Warner Bros.
7The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard$1,892,166-9%1,838--$1,029$3,962,2691Paramount Vantage
8The Ugly Truth$1,764,39519%2,733-242$646$76,244,3874Sony / Columbia
9Funny People$1,175,56925%2,584-424$455$47,019,1983Universal
10(500) Days of Summer$1,148,65922%1,048231$1,096$17,020,9925Fox Searchlight