'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 Mon, Aug. 20 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Aug. 20 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Expendables 2$2,792,129-65%3,316--$842$31,383,4991Lionsgate
2The Bourne Legacy$1,707,615-63%3,7538$455$71,326,0802Universal
3The Campaign$1,531,586-59%3,25550$471$52,967,4122Warner Bros.
5The Dark Knight Rises$1,374,465-59%3,157-533$435$411,161,7255Warner Bros.
6The Odd Life of Timothy Green$1,276,554-59%2,598--$491$16,377,4721Disney
7Hope Springs (2012)$915,393-63%2,3610$388$35,978,7142Sony / Columbia
8Sparkle (2012)$874,812-69%2,244--$390$12,518,1541Sony / TriStar
9Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$513,746-52%2,737-664$188$39,260,8043Fox
10Total Recall (2012)$409,193-58%2,434-1167$168$52,164,4653Sony / Columbia
11Ice Age: Continental Drift$389,613-57%2,274-829$171$150,581,5366Fox
12Ted (2012)$198,750-48%1,169-1039$170$213,263,1358Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Aug. 20 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
2Step Up Revolution$105,949-64%905-993$117$32,882,5374Lionsgate / Summit
3The Amazing Spider-Man$102,948-52%598-987$172$257,538,2737Sony / Columbia
4Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$94,551-56%406100$233$212,779,25111Paramount / DreamWorks
5Moonrise Kingdom$72,070-52%282-165$256$43,038,26313Focus
6Beasts of the Southern Wild$67,783-59%236-50$287$8,178,7528Fox Searchlight
7The Watch$49,583-59%513-1950$97$33,112,1824Fox
8The Intouchables$46,110-57%1940$238$9,931,18413Weinstein Company
9Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$44,988-53%424-376$106$3,122,9492ARC Entertainment
10Ruby Sparks$34,657-59%218-43$159$1,831,2544Fox Searchlight
11Magic Mike$32,825-35%255-195$129$112,753,0078Warner Bros.
12Snow White and the Huntsman$24,405-55%244-29$100$154,685,06512Universal
13The Hunger Games$20,673-62%230-30$90$407,708,88522Lionsgate
15The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$14,395-54%128-56$112$45,606,72316Fox Searchlight
16Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$10,413-47%140-62$74$25,251,4017Paramount
18Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$9,002-60%105-25$86$37,316,1139Fox
19Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$8,800-65%199-165$44$64,967,2258Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Aug. 20 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$41,241-9%520$793$7,697,51518Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Born to Be Wild 3D$11,651-14%330$353$20,592,11472Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Cosmopolis$7,466-60%3--$2,489$274,3781Entertainment One Films
4Safety Not Guaranteed$4,389-63%54-19$81$3,687,98211FilmDistrict
5Easy Money (2012)$1,444-66%5-2$289$167,2306Weinstein Company
6A Cat In Paris$520-52%7-5$74$294,90612GKIDS