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 Fri, Jan. 8 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jan. 8 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Avatar$13,280,653118%3,422-39$3,881$394,181,8164Fox
2Daybreakers$5,895,356--2,523--$2,337$5,895,3561Lionsgate
3Sherlock Holmes$5,073,809164%3,6260$1,399$153,641,5753Warner Bros.
4Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel$3,468,656240%3,641-106$953$165,508,9633Fox
5Leap Year (2010)$3,301,965--2,511--$1,315$3,301,9651Universal
6It's Complicated$3,236,225133%2,95558$1,095$68,598,8903Universal
7Youth in Revolt$2,715,542--1,873--$1,450$2,715,5421The Weinstein Company
8The Blind Side$2,219,253248%2,880-46$771$213,506,1858Warner Bros.
9Up in the Air$2,083,038195%2,218323$939$49,736,4436Paramount
10The Princess and the Frog$947,168145%2,620-708$362$88,877,5175Disney