'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, Jan. 3 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jan. 3 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
2Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel$7,818,116-46%3,74747$2,087$156,072,5662Fox
3Sherlock Holmes$7,349,035-49%3,6260$2,027$138,715,4372Warner Bros.
4It's Complicated$3,984,005-48%2,89710$1,375$59,178,8402Universal
5The Blind Side$2,360,311-53%2,926160$807$208,316,0907Warner Bros.
6The Princess and the Frog$2,264,727-42%3,328-147$681$85,894,1174Disney
7Up in the Air$2,150,224-52%1,8950$1,135$44,386,9295Paramount
8Did You Hear About the Morgans?$981,872-51%2,7180$361$25,349,6463Sony / Columbia
9Nine$883,395-43%1,4120$626$13,697,2683The Weinstein Company
10Invictus$791,898-51%2,17010$365$30,533,9894Warner Bros.