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.

Scarlett Johansson
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.

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Watch the trailer for Lucy below.