'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 Sat, Feb. 27 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Feb. 27 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shutter Island$10,323,19555%3,00312$3,438$69,844,6392Paramount
2Cop Out$7,742,37430%3,150--$2,458$13,690,3861Warner Bros.
4The Crazies$6,346,9956%2,477--$2,562$12,328,1281Overture
5Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief$4,615,16794%3,302-94$1,398$68,404,2363Fox
6Valentine's Day$4,206,54644%3,578-87$1,176$97,985,3733Warner Bros. / New Line
7Dear John$2,201,06943%3,006-56$732$71,364,9534Sony / Screen Gems
8The Wolfman$1,931,96572%3,043-180$635$56,178,1403Universal
9The Tooth Fairy$1,729,315136%2,249-274$769$52,879,0146Fox
10Crazy Heart$1,224,70098%1,14859$1,067$24,391,21711Fox Searchlight