Luc Besson’s Lucy proved that mind can overpower muscle, as it topped the weekend box office and outperformed Bretty Ratner’s remake of Hercules.
The sci-fi action, starring Scarlett Johansson, earned $44 million to easily outdo its competitors. In it, Lucy is accidentally caught in a dark deal, but turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic. Lucy opens internationally next week.
Hercules, starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, brought in an estimated $29 million. In the film, the Greek demigod has his life as a sword-for-hire tested when the King of Thrace and his daughter seek his aid in defeating a tyrannical warlord.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes fell from the top spot to #3 with $16.4 million; The Purge: Anarchy landed at #4 with $9.8 million; and Planes: Fire & Rescue closes out the top 5 with $9.3 million.
According to the AP, the summer box office is still down by around one-fifth compared to last year, partly because Fast & Furious 7 was postponed from its July 11 release due to the death of actor Paul Walker.
That’s a wrap for this weekend. This upcoming week, look out for the release of the James Brown biopic Get On Up, and Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy.
This weekend’s top 10 is as follows:
1. “Lucy,” $44 million.
2. “Hercules,” $29 million.
3. “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” $16.4 million.
4. “Purge: Anarchy,” $9.9 million.
5. “Planes: Fire & Rescue,” $9.3 million.
6. “Sex Tape,” $6 million.
7. “Transformers: Age of Extinction,”$4.6 million.
8. “And So It Goes,” $4.6 million.
9. “Tammy,” $3.4 million.
10. “A Most Wanted Man,” $2.7 million.