Grosses

'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 Wed, Oct. 21 2009

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Oct. 21 2009LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Where the Wild Things Are$1,566,211-11%3,735--$419$37,993,4211Warner Bros.
2Law Abiding Citizen$1,531,283-15%2,890--$530$26,076,2901Overture
3Couples Retreat$1,097,240-9%3,0099$365$66,003,6132Universal
4Zombieland$567,648-8%3,171133$179$62,414,7033Sony / Columbia
5The Stepfather (2009)$514,297-16%2,734--$188$13,282,6461Sony / Screen Gems
6Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs$310,495-6%3,03745$102$109,197,5695Sony / Columbia
7Surrogates$160,156-2%2,326-666$69$36,802,2254Disney
8The Invention of Lying$153,732-6%1,624-119$95$15,952,8323Warner Bros.
9Toy Story / Toy Story 2 (3D)$130,427-6%1,489-263$88$28,973,3243Disney
10Whip It$115,037-7%1,482-256$78$11,712,6523Fox Searchlight