'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. 6 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jan. 6 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Devil Inside$16,756,764--2,285--$7,333$16,756,7641Paramount
2Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$6,140,865151%3,555100$1,727$155,841,7774Paramount
3Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$4,234,574125%3,603-100$1,175$147,594,6354Warner Bros.
4The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$3,533,172107%2,95036$1,198$69,069,0863Sony / Columbia
5War Horse$2,596,021105%2,783236$933$50,821,6333Disney / DreamWorks
6We Bought a Zoo$2,367,550140%3,1707$747$50,461,6593Fox
7Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$2,301,099114%3,425-299$672$104,389,5534Fox
8The Adventures of Tintin$1,756,68571%3,006-81$584$57,036,9603Paramount
9New Year's Eve$1,082,802156%1,864-361$581$49,843,5995Warner Bros. / New Line
10The Darkest Hour$1,070,660200%2,163-164$495$16,636,9493Summit
11The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$437,62263%1,058-353$414$277,381,2608Lionsgate / Summit
12The Muppets$286,82065%1,236-305$232$84,489,7267Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Jan. 6 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$1,725,7081224%809752$2,133$6,376,8575Focus
2The Descendants$749,113115%737-21$1,016$42,125,6768Fox Searchlight
3The Sitter$398,10997%758-590$525$27,966,2445Fox
4Young Adult$397,68867%830-157$479$13,864,1925Paramount
6The Artist$296,24070%1725$1,722$6,273,7417Weinstein Company
7My Week with Marilyn$234,30265%584-46$401$9,865,3157Weinstein Company
8Puss in Boots (2011)$140,47283%351-38$400$146,150,29711Paramount / DreamWorks
9Tower Heist$92,925234%29542$315$76,987,49510Universal
10Happy Feet Two$59,29821%285-240$208$61,188,9078Warner Bros.
11Moneyball$55,257--231-19$239$75,155,11016Sony / Columbia
12Jack and Jill$47,190--171-51$276$71,860,2769Sony / Columbia
13Courageous$47,072--19110$246$34,199,92015Sony / TriStar
14In Time$35,814146%1329$271$37,158,77511Fox
15Arthur Christmas$32,141-53%280-1063$115$46,369,9887Sony / Columbia
16J. Edgar$32,005-2%152-303$211$36,783,8379Warner Bros.
17Immortals$28,33343%128-100$221$82,790,8729Relativity Media
18Footloose (2011)$22,90194%131-51$175$51,729,40513Paramount
19The Ides of March$22,681--114-29$199$40,914,01614Sony / Columbia
20Dolphin Tale$22,20055%149-39$149$72,092,67316Warner Bros.
21A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$16,94719%125-120$136$34,994,72310Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Jan. 6 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shame$59,25862%45-10$1,317$2,215,8686Fox Searchlight
2The Iron Lady$45,271131%51$9,054$389,5662Weinstein Company
3Pariah (2011)$34,208329%117$3,110$157,6472Focus
4Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$25,73864%60$4,290$425,2823Warner Bros.
5Born to Be Wild 3D$23,04035%45-4$512$15,262,87340Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Drive (2011)$19,100229%305$637$34,874,47717FilmDistrict
7Margin Call$8,92236%301$297$5,278,42012Roadside Attractions
8In the Land of Blood and Honey$7,794399%75$1,113$66,1863FilmDistrict
9Like Crazy$2,904-17%15-15$194$3,383,67611Paramount Vantage
10Inni$1,249--31$416$119,10211Cinema Purgatorio