This week's box office science and smarts won over myths and muscles.
Despite lukewarm reviews, the Scarlet Johansson starrer Lucy has gone on to best Dwayne Johnson’s latest crack at a franchise starter, Hercules. Lucy, a sci-fi flick about a woman with unlimited mental capacities is on track to finish the weekend past its projected $35 million. The movie registered $17,1 million on Friday and has seen Johansson’s star rise even higher. With films like 2013’s Under the Skin and Her, her Avengers role as Black Widow (the character is soon to have her own film) and now Lucy, the savvy actress has flexed both her acting brains and brawn in the sci-fi genre.
Scarlett Johansson is only going up.
Though he definitely has a lot of power in his own way, Dwayne Johnson didn’t have enough strength as Hercules at the box office. The eponymous flick, based on a 2011 graphic novel and directed by Brett Ratner took in a disappointing $11 million on Friday. However, as these types of film often do, Hercules fared much better internationally. It was released in 19 markets this week and still may do better than originally projected. Lucy won’t open internationally until next week.
The rest of the top 5 looks fairly similar to last week. Last weekend’s top earner, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, dropped to third place with $4.7 million on Friday and a projected $170 million total by the end of the weekend. The Purge: Anarchy and Pixar’s Planes: Fire & Rescue round out this week’s box office with $3,4 and $2,8 million respectively.
Dwayne Johnson rose through complete and utter insanity to second place at the box office.