'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, Mar. 31 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Mar. 31 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
2Divergent$1,663,074-72%3,9360$423$96,042,6602Lionsgate / Summit
3God's Not Dead$730,208-74%1,178398$620$22,480,8922Freestyle / Pure Flix
4Muppets Most Wanted$672,614-80%3,1940$211$33,789,4312Disney
5Mr. Peabody & Sherman$605,547-76%3,299-308$184$95,084,9954Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6Sabotage (2014)$437,536-68%2,486--$176$5,709,9801Open Road
7300: Rise of an Empire$394,139-65%2,601-484$152$101,448,8434Warner Bros.
8Need For Speed$339,302-69%2,705-410$125$37,983,5393Disney / DreamWorks
9Non-Stop (2014)$301,800-68%2,515-430$120$85,392,8605Universal
10The LEGO Movie$249,284-71%2,001-500$125$248,466,0648Warner Bros.
11Son of God$94,108-74%1,277-862$74$57,949,0515Fox
12Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$83,442-68%1,139-757$73$15,083,3773Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Mar. 31 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Budapest Hotel$696,162-69%977673$713$24,867,7724Fox Searchlight
2Cesar Chavez$301,283-65%664--$454$3,162,8111Lionsgate / Pantelion
3Bad Words$207,979-68%842755$247$3,686,8553Focus
4The Monuments Men$37,725-61%501-437$75$76,625,9738Sony / Columbia
5Frozen (2013)$35,045-66%387-682$91$398,426,65619Disney
6The Nut Job$27,211-68%294-41$93$63,133,46611Open Road
7Ride Along$25,200-63%360-290$70$133,684,46511Universal
83 Days to Kill$18,423-62%340-412$54$30,252,4016Relativity Media
9Veronica Mars$15,713-60%210-137$75$3,198,2893Warner Bros.
10Gravity$13,049-58%135-67$97$273,325,68826Warner Bros.
1112 Years a Slave$12,068-64%228-294$53$56,390,47824Fox Searchlight
12Philomena$11,255-60%202-95$56$37,336,37919Weinstein Company
13American Hustle$10,899-53%188-93$58$150,028,32016Sony / Columbia
14The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$10,147-62%185-39$55$258,216,40016Warner Bros. / New Line
15Lone Survivor$9,970-55%165-46$60$124,974,44614Universal
16The Wolf of Wall Street$7,557-62%134-81$56$116,874,28414Paramount
17Her (2013)$6,361-54%11037$58$25,466,04815Warner Bros.
18Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$6,224-62%107-21$58$50,555,33111Paramount
19The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$5,175-69%158-53$33$424,650,75219Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Mar. 31 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dallas Buyers Club$4,564-64%99-79$46$27,196,23022Focus
2That Awkward Moment$3,903-53%68-25$57$26,052,9859Focus
3Ernest & Celestine$2,898-74%125$242$131,7675GKIDS
4August: Osage County$2,890-68%81-60$36$37,674,98814Weinstein Company
5Gloria (2014)$2,726-54%36-14$76$2,028,11210Roadside Attractions
6Stalingrad (2014)$2,037-50%6653$31$1,006,1795Sony / Columbia
7Walking With Dinosaurs$1,687-73%42-17$40$36,053,50415Fox
8Winter's Tale$1,573-52%85-59$19$12,593,2337Warner Bros.
9Vampire Academy$567-62%24-11$24$7,786,5238Weinstein Company
10Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$427187%10$427$26,4318Rialto Pictures
11Blood Ties$230-70%5-23$46$41,4592Roadside Attractions