‘Lucy’ Defeats ‘Hercules’ With an Astonishing $44 Mil

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Somehow, someway, Scarlett Johansson’s latest lead effort has done the unexpected and acquired a hefty $44 million dollar gross this opening weekend. Clearly, this news wouldn’t be as shocking if its major competitor wasn’t starred by heavyweight Dwayne Johnson, whose action-packed film, Hercules, had only scooped up about $29 million, according to Rentrak.

Lucy’s success can be pointed off to its story: Yes, female-led films tend to not perform so well in the box office, but there’s still such an original plot that manages to pique audience interest just enough to convince them to choose it over a household name like Hercules. In a sequel and adaption-filled summer that’s seen record-setting lows, Lucy’s shown that originality can not only prosper, but top the charts.

Follow the jump to see this week’s full top ten listing.

  1. Lucy $44,030,000
  2. Hercules $29,000,000
  3. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes $16,400,000
  4. The Purge: Anarchy $9,900,000
  5. Planes: Fire & Rescue $9,300,000
  6. Sex Tape $5,980,000
  7. Transformers: Age of Extinction $4,600,000
  8. And So It Goes $4,550,000
  9. Tammy  $3,400,000
  10. 22 Jump Street  $4,700,000
  11. A Most Wanted Man $2,720,000
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  • Kriston McConnell

    The thing that upsets me the most about this movie is that they perpetuate the idea that we only use 10% of our brains. If that one detail was changed I’d be okay with it. I am going to watch it either way but that seriously bothers me.

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