'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, Jul. 29 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jul. 29 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Smurfs$13,260,814--3,395--$3,906$13,260,8141Sony / Columbia
2Cowboys & Aliens$13,087,485--3,750--$3,490$13,087,4851Universal
3Captain America: The First Avenger$7,864,58145%3,7150$2,117$99,731,8492Paramount
4Crazy, Stupid, Love$6,584,335--3,020--$2,180$6,584,3351Warner Bros.
5Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$6,557,95335%4,145-230$1,582$303,092,4623Warner Bros.
6Friends With Benefits$3,170,02940%2,9260$1,083$32,070,3102Sony / Screen Gems
7Horrible Bosses$2,214,07444%2,510-594$882$91,315,6264Warner Bros. / New Line
8Transformers: Dark of the Moon$1,793,66729%2,604-771$689$333,715,0815Paramount / DreamWorks
9Zookeeper$1,411,57013%2,418-797$584$65,942,4104Sony / Columbia
10Cars 2$694,543-15%1,763-905$394$180,464,0916Disney
11Winnie the Pooh$532,953-23%1,632-773$327$21,190,8183Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Jul. 29 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bad Teacher$269,463-24%765-1269$352$96,144,8706Sony / Columbia
3Kung Fu Panda 2$198,871255%31969$623$161,218,38510Paramount / DreamWorks
4Mr. Popper's Penguins$163,6111%412-179$397$64,321,5387Fox
5The Hangover Part II$116,260178%34671$336$252,744,27710Warner Bros.
6The Tree of Life$93,55121%196-34$477$11,445,92510Fox Searchlight
7Super 8$90,760-14%325-333$279$124,760,7978Paramount
8X-Men: First Class$86,12861%254-41$339$144,522,4619Fox
9Larry Crowne$85,555-34%335-700$255$34,930,4955Universal
12Rio (2011)$55,216-17%174-36$317$142,892,21916Fox
13Green Lantern$51,011-12%135-286$378$114,195,1207Warner Bros.
14Monte Carlo$48,195-43%168-192$287$22,188,2515Fox
15Fast Five$39,98553%125-49$320$209,590,11014Universal
16Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$23,883-46%161-29$148$14,840,2718Relativity Media
17A Better Life$20,938-13%108-74$194$1,529,7726Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Jul. 29 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Sarah's Key$89,522604%3328$2,713$259,4822Weinstein Company
2Born to Be Wild 3D$89,24717%491$1,821$10,127,16917Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$52,28781%9332$562$578,4063Fox Searchlight
4Attack the Block$46,207--8--$5,776$46,2071Sony / Screen Gems
5The Devil's Double$31,769--5--$6,354$31,7691Lionsgate
6Another Earth$30,823271%2016$1,541$143,0892Fox Searchlight
7Singham$16,947--39-11$435$240,7132Reliance Big Pictures
8The Future$9,465--1--$9,465$9,4651Roadside Attractions
9Water for Elephants$8,549-28%41-50$209$58,647,69815Fox
10Project Nim$7,88020%212$375$203,1544Roadside Attractions
12A Little Help$5,2104%240$217$68,6382Freestyle Releasing
13Submarine$3,47336%191$183$442,3109Weinstein Company
14Delhi Belly$2,610-32%7-18$373$1,517,7685UTV Communications
15Everything Must Go$742-38%8-1$93$2,691,62012Roadside Attractions
16The Last Mountain$286--2-1$143$111,5789Dada Films
17The Music Never Stopped$22688%2-2$113$256,18520Roadside Attractions
1835 and Ticking$21826%2-1$109$94,29911Image Entertainment
19Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$155-70%20$78$231,84846Collective Eye
20The Conspirator$144-66%3-7$48$11,531,39716Roadside Attractions
21Daylight (2011)$136--0----$2,1883Cinema Purgatorio