'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 Tue, Apr. 8 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Apr. 8 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Captain America: The Winter Soldier$6,977,05612%3,938--$1,772$108,220,3291Disney
3Divergent$1,025,39728%3,631-305$282$115,834,4413Lionsgate / Summit
4God's Not Dead$819,27325%1,758580$466$34,032,7773Freestyle / Pure Flix
5The Grand Budapest Hotel$680,29535%1,263286$539$34,380,7325Fox Searchlight
6Muppets Most Wanted$457,21122%3,052-142$150$42,833,3903Disney
7Mr. Peabody & Sherman$394,508-3%2,931-368$135$102,835,5145Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8Sabotage (2014)$259,16325%2,4860$104$9,324,2522Open Road
9Non-Stop (2014)$197,40535%1,724-791$115$88,447,2806Universal
10Need For Speed$191,27935%1,779-926$108$41,143,3164Disney / DreamWorks
11Bad Words$182,43933%1,074232$170$6,261,7554Focus
12300: Rise of an Empire$171,63926%1,555-1046$110$104,331,7875Warner Bros.
13The LEGO Movie$130,7658%1,350-651$97$250,860,4289Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Apr. 8 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cesar Chavez$89,48228%6640$135$4,757,5602Lionsgate / Pantelion
2Frozen (2013)$36,01435%321-66$112$399,001,51420Disney
3Son of God$35,83920%481-796$75$58,611,0846Fox
4Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$35,08846%425-714$83$15,718,9184Lionsgate
5Frankie & Alice$33,93324%171--$198$411,8981Lionsgate / CodeBlack Films
6Gravity$29,99129%255120$118$273,658,52927Warner Bros.
7The Nut Job$29,51014%285-9$104$63,561,64812Open Road
8Ride Along$15,34018%236-124$65$133,969,46512Universal
9Philomena$15,24132%197-5$77$37,497,19220Weinstein Company
10Jinn$14,7126%201--$73$177,9851Freestyle Releasing
1112 Years a Slave$11,09044%128-100$87$56,519,79525Fox Searchlight
123 Days to Kill$8,89467%131-209$68$30,402,6397Relativity Media
13Lone Survivor$7,06526%140-25$50$125,082,36615Universal
14The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$5,5029%130-55$42$258,317,85517Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Apr. 8 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$30,43321%37--$823$243,8761Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Afflicted$12,644103%44--$287$88,3171CBS Films
3Veronica Mars$4,76637%74-136$64$3,293,3794Warner Bros.
4Dallas Buyers Club$4,57783%52-47$88$27,249,09223Focus
5August: Osage County$4,490156%42-39$107$37,705,50215Weinstein Company
6Her (2013)$4,22721%85-25$50$25,531,52716Warner Bros.
7Ernest & Celestine$4,04945%2412$169$178,6746GKIDS
8Dom Hemingway$3,11629%4--$779$44,2631Fox Searchlight
9The Players$1,20370%50--$24$8,5831Weinstein Company
10On the Other Side of the Tracks$1,09745%50--$22$7,7751Weinstein Company
11Watermark$97118%2--$486$9,5161eOne Films US
12Gloria (2014)$8999%17-19$53$2,049,99211Roadside Attractions
13Vampire Academy$280130%11-13$25$7,791,5489Weinstein Company
14Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$19425%2--$97$28,5459Rialto Pictures