"Hercules" Falters, While "Lucy" Shines At The Box Office With $44 Million

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This week at the box office, the sci-fi thriller Lucy won out over slim competition – Hercules, starring Dwayne Johnson and the holdover hit from last week Dawn of the Planet of the Apes took second and third, respectively. Deservingly or not – the reviewers have questioned everything about Lucy from the plot, to the execution, to most of the action. Even Scarlett Johansson’s acting barely gets a pass, thanks to the godawful material she’s working with, according to The Atlantic. Humans only use 10% of their brain? This Luc Besson sci-fi thriller uses even less. Regardless, whatever limited brain capacity Lucy was working with, propelled it to a $44 million weekend, well beyond critical predictions, which put it somewhere around $40 million.

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Only an intense love for Johansson's screen presence can save viewers from scoffing their way through this one.

 

Hercules didn’t even come as a close second. Although $29 million is a respectable taking for a mythical fantasy with limited promotion – let alone one trying to re-hash the Herc myth for the millionth time – it was still a relatively low-key weekend for the box office, ahead of Marvel’s big bomb for this summer, the Guardians of the Galaxy release coming next week.

More: Dwayne Johnson Battles His Way Through Non-Stop Absurdity In Hercules

Watch the trailer for Lucy below.

According to Forbes, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes took in $16,4 million, registering a 55% drop on its third weekend out. The post-Apocalyptic fantasy added to the domestic pot for a total of $174 million.

The Purge: Anarchy registered an unfortunate 67% drop to $9,9 million on its second weekend, while Pixar’s highly unnecessary sequel Planes: Fire & Rescue rounded out the top 5 with $9,3 million – a 45% drop.               

More: Read Rich Cline's review of Dawn for CM.                 

Dwayne Johnson, Hercules
Meanwhile, Dwayne Johnson kept on rocking in Hercules. Get it?               


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Lee Adams

Now that I have watched both trailers I too think I'll take a punt on Lucy at the cinema

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