'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. 29 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jan. 29 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
2Edge of Darkness$5,610,820--3,066--$1,830$5,610,8201Warner Bros.
3When in Rome$4,347,214--2,456--$1,770$4,347,2141Disney
4The Book of Eli$2,470,162120%3,075-36$803$68,073,6413Warner Bros.
5The Tooth Fairy$2,245,658385%3,3451$671$18,351,9362Fox
6Legion$2,028,405121%2,4760$819$23,874,8162Sony / Screen Gems
7The Lovely Bones$1,349,075171%2,63867$511$34,627,6648Paramount / DreamWorks
8Sherlock Holmes$1,215,502139%2,250-420$540$194,301,6806Warner Bros.
9It's Complicated$1,027,040113%2,096-205$490$101,333,8606Universal
10Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel$809,461199%2,526-447$320$206,262,9536Fox