"Hercules" Falters, While "Lucy" Shines At The Box Office With $44 Million
Despite Lucy's premise, things didn't look too bright at the box office this weekend.
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.
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.
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.
Meanwhile, Dwayne Johnson kept on rocking in Hercules. Get it?