'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 Thu, Oct. 15 2009

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Oct. 15 2009LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Couples Retreat$2,235,167-2%3,000--$745$45,392,1971Universal
2Zombieland$1,135,5802%3,0382$374$53,019,6742Sony / Columbia
3Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs$711,49234%2,99215$238$100,180,8334Sony / Columbia
4Toy Story / Toy Story 2 (3D)$537,97917%1,7527$307$25,535,6462Disney
6The Invention of Lying$274,3130%1,74336$157$13,590,6452Warner Bros.
7Whip It$216,468-1%1,73817$125$9,855,8152Fox Searchlight
8The Informant!$206,494-4%2,202-223$94$30,815,9764Warner Bros.
9Fame (2009)$167,76011%3,110-23$54$20,892,1573MGM
10Love Happens$151,50313%1,894-28$80$21,870,9924Universal