'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 Mon, Aug. 31 2009

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Aug. 31 2009LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Final Destination$2,233,739-65%3,121--$716$29,642,2861Warner Bros. / New Line
2Inglourious Basterds$1,964,227-64%3,1650$621$74,985,5802Weinstein Company
3Halloween II (2009)$1,091,482-65%3,025--$361$17,439,5781Weinstein / Dimension
4District 9$1,026,765-65%3,180130$323$91,410,5183Sony / TriStar
5Julie & Julia$718,696-61%2,50340$287$71,351,2764Sony / Columbia
6G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra$583,252-70%3,467-486$168$132,733,3104Paramount
7The Time Traveler's Wife$577,482-63%2,961-27$195$48,478,5213Warner Bros. / New Line
8Shorts$348,882-70%3,1050$112$13,556,0752Warner Bros.
9Taking Woodstock$295,793-64%1,393--$212$3,774,1761Focus Features