'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, Dec. 7 2009

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Dec. 7 2009LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Blind Side$1,442,171-69%3,326186$434$130,310,5833Warner Bros.
2The Twilight Saga: New Moon$1,029,730-73%4,12482$250$256,391,9063Summit
3Brothers (2009)$764,666-66%2,088--$366$10,292,5141Lionsgate
4Disney's A Christmas Carol$510,536-78%2,546-467$201$115,761,3595Disney
52012$491,159-73%3,220-224$153$149,449,7354Sony / Columbia
6Ninja Assassin$468,419-67%2,5030$187$30,290,3412Warner Bros.
7Armored$464,529-69%1,915--$243$6,975,6571Sony / Screen Gems
8Old Dogs$385,522-78%3,4250$113$34,309,8152Disney
9Everybody's Fine (2009)$310,972-67%2,133--$146$4,163,0401Miramax
10Planet 51$192,313-85%2,904-131$66$34,243,7693Sony / TriStar