Grosses

'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.

Early Weekend Estimates (Domestic) Fri, Jan. 4 - Sun, Jan. 6

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Texas Chainsaw 3D$22,500,000--2,654--$8,478$22,500,0001Lionsgate
2Django Unchained$19,800,000-34%3,0100$6,578$106,069,3772Weinstein Company
3The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$17,500,000-45%3,755-345$4,660$263,789,5074Warner Bros. / New Line
4Les Miserables (2012)$16,300,000-40%2,90490$5,613$103,787,4802Universal
5Parental Guidance$10,300,000-29%3,3681$3,058$52,935,0792Fox
6Jack Reacher$9,400,000-31%3,288-64$2,859$64,904,3413Paramount
7This is 40$8,700,000-30%2,93117$2,968$54,601,8453Universal
8Lincoln$5,400,000-26%1,901-65$2,841$144,075,2199Disney / DreamWorks
9The Guilt Trip$4,700,000-28%2,312-119$2,033$31,376,9343Paramount
10Monsters, Inc. 3D$3,900,000-40%2,103-515$1,854$27,893,6493Disney
11Promised Land (2012)$3,850,0002114%1,6761651$2,297$4,195,5282Focus
12Skyfall$3,250,000-28%1,307-330$2,487$296,979,5709Sony / Columbia
13Rise of The Guardians$2,800,000-43%1,507-548$1,858$97,352,0847Paramount / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$3,600,000-12%7450$4,832$34,660,0598Weinstein Company
2Life of Pi$2,850,000-25%965-213$2,953$91,076,0967Fox
3The Impossible$2,500,0001269%572557$4,371$3,157,0293Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Zero Dark Thirty$2,600,000722%6055$43,333$4,310,1323Sony / Columbia