'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.

Weekly domestic gross

YearWeekTop 10 GrossChg. LY%Total GrossChg. LY% Top movie of the week
201430 (Jul 25 - Jul 31)$148,448,132-34%$173,521,000-34%Lucy
201330 (Jul 26 - Aug 01)$226,435,78118%$264,823,00027%The Wolverine
201230 (Jul 27 - Aug 02)$191,895,817-25%$208,894,000-24%The Dark Knight Rises
201130 (Jul 29 - Aug 04)$255,672,81511%$276,210,00011%The Smurfs
201030 (Jul 23 - Jul 29)$229,856,5647%$247,806,0005%Inception
200930 (Jul 24 - Jul 30)$213,839,898-18%$236,128,000-15%G-Force
200830 (Jul 25 - Jul 31)$261,087,1635%$278,348,0002%The Dark Knight
200730 (Jul 27 - Aug 02)$248,018,13349%$271,801,00035%The Simpsons Movie
200630 (Jul 28 - Aug 03)$166,043,9022%$202,059,0005%Miami Vice
200530 (Jul 29 - Aug 04)$163,429,586-19%$191,871,000-16%Wedding Crashers
200430 (Jul 23 - Jul 29)$200,799,918-7%$229,017,000-5%The Bourne Supremacy
200330 (Jul 25 - Jul 31)$214,889,34512%$242,251,0006%Spy Kids 3D: Game Over
200230 (Jul 26 - Aug 01)$192,129,08310%$227,612,0000%Austin Powers in Goldmember
200130 (Jul 27 - Aug 02)$174,852,7922%$226,695,00015%Planet of the Apes (2001)
200030 (Jul 28 - Aug 03)$171,505,96031%$196,834,000--Nutty Professor II: The Klumps