'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 Sun, Dec. 20 2009

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Dec. 20 2009LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
2The Princess and the Frog$3,808,864-23%3,47541$1,096$44,716,3582Disney
3The Blind Side$2,932,605-25%3,40719$861$164,726,3785Warner Bros.
4Did You Hear About the Morgans?$1,865,212-23%2,718--$686$6,616,5711Sony / Columbia
5The Twilight Saga: New Moon$1,378,305-16%3,035-600$454$274,597,4435Summit
6Invictus$1,256,945-22%2,1250$592$15,877,9562Warner Bros.
7Disney's A Christmas Carol$1,175,590-10%2,070-332$568$130,814,8467Disney
8Brothers (2009)$935,901-11%2,009-79$466$22,349,8623Lionsgate
92012$706,309-17%2,242-596$315$159,028,8866Sony / Columbia
10Old Dogs$705,918-23%2,630-460$268$43,625,3794Disney