'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, Feb. 21 - Sun, Feb. 23

Wide (1000+)

1The LEGO Movie$32,500,000-35%3,890115$8,355$184,210,0963Warner Bros.
23 Days to Kill$11,800,000--2,872--$4,109$11,800,0001Relativity Media
3Pompeii$9,600,000--2,658--$3,612$9,600,0001Sony / TriStar
4RoboCop (2014)$9,400,000-57%3,3720$2,788$43,600,1062Sony / Columbia
5The Monuments Men$7,900,000-49%3,064-19$2,578$57,844,6843Sony / Columbia
6About Last Night$7,700,000-70%2,2530$3,418$38,446,2902Sony / Screen Gems
7Frozen (2013)$4,650,000-25%1,891-210$2,459$384,354,33514Disney
8Ride Along$4,600,000-47%2,186-331$2,104$123,105,8006Universal
9Endless Love (2014)$4,400,000-67%2,8960$1,519$20,241,2552Universal
10Winter's Tale$2,150,000-71%2,9650$725$11,243,9012Warner Bros.
11Lone Survivor$2,100,000-49%1,516-497$1,385$121,830,9069Universal

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