BOX OFFICE: LUCY Is More Powerful Than HERCULES

BOX OFFICE: LUCY Is More Powerful Than HERCULES

The North American box office numbers are coming in and Deadline reports, Scarlett Johansson's Lucy will out muscle Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's Hercules for the top spot despite opening in 400 less theaters. Come check it out!

Based on Friday's North American box office numbers, Universal Pictures' Lucy is set to earn between $42M to $44M in its opening weekend. The sci-fi actioner stars Scarlett Johansson ("Captain America: The Winter Soldier") and was directed by Luc Besson ("Léon: The Professional"). This will be the best opening weekend for a film starring Scarlett Johansson that wasn't produced by Marvel Studios. It will also be the best opening weekend for a film directed by Luc Besson. His previous best was $17M for The Fifth Element. However, the film was not well received by audiences as they only gave it a 'C+' CinemaScore.

Paramount and MGM's Hercules will finish in second with $28M to $30M. It stars Dwayne Johnson in the title role. If the numbers stay about the same this will be the 8th best opening for a movie starring The Rock, just ahead of Journey 2: The Mysterious Island ($27M opening)This will also mark the 3th best opening for a Brett Ratner-directed film just behind his original Rush Hour film, which opened to $33M in 1998. Audiences seemed to enjoy the film more than Lucy as they gave it a  'B+' CinemaScore.

In its third weekend, 20th Century Fox's Dawn of the Planet of the Apes will come in third with $16M to $17M. The film is $30M shy of the coveted $200M domestic mark.


1). Lucy (UNI), 3,173 theaters / $15.4M to $17M Fri.
Total est. cume: $42.8M to $44.5M / Wk 1

2). Hercules (MGM/PAR), 3,595 theaters / $11M Fri.
Total est. cume: $28.3M to $30M+ / Wk 1

3). Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (FOX), 3,668 theaters (-301) / $4.75 Fri.
3-day cume: $16M to $17M+ (-55%) / Total cume: $173M / Wk 3

4). The Purge: Anarchy (UNI), 2,856 theaters (+50) / $3.3M Fri.
3-day cume: $10.3M (-65%) / Total cume: $51.9M / Wk 2

5). Planes: Fire & Rescue (DIS), 3,839 theaters (+13) / $2.5M Fri.
3-day cume: $8.2M to $9M (-51%) / Total cume: $35.5M / Wk 2

6). Sex Tape (SONY), 3,062 theaters (0) / $1.98M
3-day cume: $5.8M (-60%) / Total cume: $26.8M / Wk 2

7). Transformers: Age Of Extinction (PAR), 2,476 theaters (-748) / $1.3M Fri.
3-day cume: $4.8M (-51%) / Total cume: $236.6M / Wk 5

8). And So It Goes (CLARIUS), 1,762 theaters / $1.3M Fri.
3-day cume: $4M+ / Wk 1

9). Tammy (WB), 2,562 theaters (-840) / $1M Fri.
3-day cume: $3.4M (-54%) / Total cume: $78.2M / Wk 4

10). 22 Jump Street (SONY), 1,613 theaters (-616) / $767K Fri.
3-day cume: $2.59M (-45%) / Total cume: $185.7M / Wk 7


From La Femme Nikita and The Professional to The Fifth Element, writer/director Luc Besson has created some of the toughest, most memorable female action heroes in cinematic history. Now, Besson directs Scarlett Johansson in Lucy, an action-thriller that tracks a woman accidentally caught in a dark deal who turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic. Lucy also stars Academy Award® winner Morgan Freeman and is produced by Virginie Besson-Silla for EuropaCorp. Universal Pictures will distribute the movie worldwide, except for France, Benelux and China.
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