'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, May. 17 - Sun, May. 19

Wide (1000+)

1Star Trek Into Darkness$68,000,000--3,868--$17,580$81,536,4221Paramount
2Iron Man 3$36,000,000-50%4,237-16$8,497$337,891,8833Disney
3The Great Gatsby (2013)$23,000,000-54%3,55015$6,479$89,743,6042Warner Bros.
4Pain and Gain$3,000,000-40%2,429-874$1,235$46,474,4944Paramount
542 (2013)$2,750,000-40%2,380-550$1,155$88,754,5126Warner Bros.
6The Croods$2,600,000-28%2,373-277$1,096$176,600,1839Fox / DreamWorks Animation
7Oblivion (2013)$2,300,000-44%2,077-693$1,107$85,550,9605Universal
8Tyler Perry Presents Peeples$2,250,000-51%2,0410$1,102$7,957,7772Lionsgate
9The Big Wedding$1,150,000-54%1,443-855$797$20,247,9844Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

1Mud$2,200,000-13%960108$2,292$11,627,4254Roadside Attractions

Platform (1 — 99)

No records.