'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 Thu, Sep. 1 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Sep. 1 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Help$1,784,699-1%2,77888$642$104,390,5533Disney / DreamWorks
2The Debt$930,882-4%1,786--$521$1,901,4140Focus
3Colombiana$826,160-5%2,614--$316$14,562,1221Sony / TriStar
4Rise of the Planet of the Apes$765,209-4%3,346-125$229$152,224,6934Fox
5Our Idiot Brother$640,350-11%2,555--$251$10,235,3441Weinstein Company
6Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$597,107-4%2,760--$216$11,440,1891FilmDistrict
7Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$494,563-9%3,30510$150$24,399,3052Weinstein Company
8The Smurfs$429,046-8%2,861-196$150$127,952,6125Sony / Columbia
9Crazy, Stupid, Love$341,185-2%1,577-363$216$71,203,7045Warner Bros.
10Fright Night (2011)$338,7561%3,1140$109$15,762,1352Disney / DreamWorks
11Conan the Barbarian (2011)$331,116-3%3,0150$110$18,217,5902Lionsgate
12Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$306,094-1%1,328-410$230$372,150,9837Warner Bros.
1330 Minutes or Less$300,227-5%2,071-817$145$33,197,7073Sony / Columbia
14One Day$248,885-5%1,7254$144$10,977,5352Focus
15Final Destination 5$248,1131%2,085-1070$119$39,045,3983Warner Bros. / New Line
16Captain America: The First Avenger$219,0452%1,424-564$154$169,699,1746Paramount
17Cowboys & Aliens$202,4250%1,559-654$130$94,381,1555Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Sep. 1 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Change-Up$117,520-7%904-729$130$35,015,4004Universal
2Sarah's Key$77,782-5%27271$286$4,422,1646Weinstein Company
3Horrible Bosses$76,001-3%465-290$163$114,154,6488Warner Bros. / New Line
4Transformers: Dark of the Moon$74,8896%51834$145$349,759,7449Paramount / DreamWorks
6Super 8$29,078-5%242156$120$126,176,30612Paramount
7Green Lantern$21,0664%222-20$95$116,063,62011Warner Bros.
8Mr. Popper's Penguins$20,923-11%239-35$88$67,121,51911Fox
9Kung Fu Panda 2$18,350-13%194-43$95$164,360,66914Paramount / DreamWorks
10Glee: The 3D Concert Movie$14,225-12%223-1759$64$11,757,6533Fox
11X-Men: First Class$12,51229%110-36$114$146,169,98813Fox
12The Hangover Part II$7,5070%128-65$59$254,333,10214Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Sep. 1 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$30,054-10%0-49--$12,260,71721Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Tree of Life$15,57111%971$161$12,909,10114Fox Searchlight
3Another Earth$11,44427%947$122$1,150,4426Fox Searchlight
4The Devil's Double$11,1168%78-5$143$1,225,9735Lionsgate
5Attack the Block$8,66018%30-14$289$746,0295Sony / Screen Gems
6Bad Teacher$8,230-8%75--$110$98,300,38810Sony / Columbia
7Circumstance$5,8311%7--$833$67,3121Roadside Attractions
9Monte Carlo$3,8672%91-16$42$22,916,9689Fox
10The Future$3,396-4%21-10$162$415,5415Roadside Attractions
11Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$1,453-6%15-22$97$1,325,5437Fox Searchlight
12A Better Life$1,38314%31-34$45$1,759,25210Summit
13Rio (2011)$1,37931%39-29$35$143,602,60220Fox
14Project Nim$1,2291%164$77$351,5698Roadside Attractions
15Redemption Road$859-31%26--$33$23,7841Freestyle Releasing
17Everything Must Go$15822%3-1$53$2,709,55616Roadside Attractions
185 Days of War$81-15%1-1$81$11,7582Anchor Bay Films
19The Conspirator$5665%3-1$19$11,538,14820Roadside Attractions