'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.

Studio Weekend Estimates (Domestic) Fri, May. 24 - Sun, May. 26

Wide (1000+)

1Fast & Furious 6$98,500,000--3,658--$26,927$98,500,0001Universal
2The Hangover Part III$42,415,000--3,555--$11,931$54,204,4631Warner Bros.
3Star Trek Into Darkness$38,000,000-46%3,90739$9,726$146,826,5662Paramount
5Iron Man 3$19,424,000-46%3,424-813$5,673$367,506,5244Disney
6The Great Gatsby (2013)$13,705,000-43%3,090-460$4,435$114,431,8913Warner Bros.
7The Croods$1,215,000-60%1,008-1365$1,205$179,238,28810Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8Pain and Gain$620,000-81%1,003-1426$618$48,533,8725Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

1Mud$1,928,190-14%712-248$2,708$14,535,8265Roadside Attractions
242 (2013)$1,245,000-56%915-1465$1,361$91,049,4507Warner Bros.
3Oblivion (2013)$815,000-65%572-1505$1,425$87,280,1656Universal
4Oz: The Great and Powerful$629,000-28%401-134$1,569$232,192,05112Disney
5G.I. Joe: Retaliation$400,000-31%346-63$1,156$121,048,0259Paramount
6The Iceman$394,580-15%25893$1,529$1,379,3634Millennium Entertainment
7Tyler Perry Presents Peeples$340,000-84%485-1556$701$8,816,3653Lionsgate
8Escape From Planet Earth$263,0008%346-347$760$55,966,34115Weinstein Company
9The Big Wedding$225,000-81%265-1178$849$21,081,4765Lionsgate
10Identity Thief$214,0000%187-54$1,144$134,263,46516Universal
11The Place Beyond the Pines$164,376-46%128-189$1,284$20,959,2039Focus
12Tyler Perry's Temptation$60,000-31%131-19$458$51,936,2929Lionsgate
13Scary Movie 5$58,000-86%171-337$339$31,360,9117Weinstein / Dimension

Platform (1 — 99)

1Frances Ha$612,000345%6056$10,200$816,7012IFC Films
2Before Midnight$273,944--5--$54,789$273,9441Sony Pictures Classics
3Love Is All You Need$238,944247%6341$3,793$443,9154Sony Pictures Classics
4Kon-Tiki$167,0006%643$2,609$667,4975Weinstein Company
5What Maisie Knew$154,247382%2723$5,713$272,1264Millenium Entertainment
6The Company You Keep$144,241-36%96-127$1,503$4,759,7448Sony Pictures Classics
7Stories We Tell$143,4569%263$5,518$737,8523Roadside Attractions
8The Sapphires$71,000-28%61-41$1,164$2,110,70410Weinstein Company
9Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$67,55059%3612$1,876$290,9114eOne Films US
10Fill the Void$60,436--3--$20,145$60,4361Sony Pictures Classics
11Filly Brown$42,00073%29-10$1,448$2,816,4416Lionsgate / Pantelion
12Snitch (2013)$37,000-66%93-60$398$42,909,91314Lionsgate / Summit
13We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks$28,970--4--$7,243$28,9701Focus World
14In the House$23,766-56%21-15$1,132$354,0866Cohen Media Group
15The Host (2013)$21,000-81%55-176$382$26,608,3569Open Road
16The English Teacher$11,57893%75$1,654$19,9692Cinedigm