'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, Jul. 26 - Sun, Jul. 28

Wide (1000+)

1The Wolverine$54,000,000--3,924--$13,761$54,000,0001Fox
2The Conjuring$24,000,000-43%3,022119$7,942$85,736,6282Warner Bros. / New Line
3Despicable Me 2$16,300,000-35%3,476-344$4,689$306,688,5854Universal
4Turbo$13,500,000-37%3,8093$3,544$55,942,9982Fox / DreamWorks Animation
5Grown Ups 2$11,300,000-43%3,258-233$3,468$101,463,7713Sony / Columbia
6Red 2$8,800,000-51%3,0160$2,918$34,474,3562Lionsgate / Summit
7Pacific Rim$7,400,000-54%2,602-683$2,844$83,886,1043Warner Bros.
8The Heat$6,800,000-27%2,384-305$2,852$141,194,7445Fox
10Fruitvale Station$4,500,000509%1,0641030$4,229$6,182,3163Weinstein Company
11Monsters University$2,750,000-46%1,470-716$1,871$255,362,1886Disney
12World War Z$2,700,000-48%1,440-626$1,875$192,559,5466Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

1The Way, Way Back$3,300,00050%886582$3,725$8,931,4414Fox Searchlight

Platform (1 — 99)

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