'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, Dec. 6 - Sun, Dec. 8

Wide (1000+)

1Frozen (2013)$29,000,000-57%3,7420$7,750$131,637,4363Disney
2The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$27,500,000-63%4,1630$6,606$337,164,9563Lionsgate
3Out of the Furnace$5,500,000--2,101--$2,618$5,527,0761Relativity Media
4Thor: The Dark World$4,700,000-58%3,074-212$1,529$193,599,6425Disney
5Delivery Man$3,800,000-44%2,905-131$1,308$24,824,7823Disney / DreamWorks
6Homefront$3,300,000-52%2,5700$1,284$15,200,3902Open Road
7The Book Thief$2,800,000-42%1,31682$2,128$12,175,0555Fox
8The Best Man Holiday$2,700,000-67%1,577-140$1,712$67,265,6154Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

1Philomena$2,350,000-36%8350$2,814$8,322,6353Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

No records.