Weekend Box Office: LUCY Beats HERCULES

In a battle of beauty versus beast, Scarlett Johansson’s Lucy conquered Dwayne Johnson’s Hercules with an estimated $44 million from 3,173 locations.

The sci-fi/actioner Lucy provided a great surprise this weekend. The pic climbed atop the box-office and becomes the highest grossing box-office debut for a Scarlett Johansson starring vehicle ever (outside of her Marvel Universe appearances). It’s also Luc Besson’s highest domestic opening. It will pass the $63 million domestic gross of The Fifth Element by the middle of next weekend so the critical buzz surely didn’t hurt.

New entry Hercules took in $29 million for second place and also beat expectations since reviews being largely “ridiculous and just bad.”

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes dropped to third place in its third weekend for a worldwide total of $354 million. The Matt Reeves-directed sequel cost $170 million to make.

Universal Pictures’ low-budget horror film The Purge: Anarchy dropped two spots to fourth its second weekend, taking in $9.9 million for a sum of $51.3 million. Not bad for a film that cost $9 million to make.

Walt Disney Pictures’ animated sequel Planes: Fire & Rescue rounded out the top five with $9.3 million its second weekend and has brought in $35.1 million to date. The film cost $50 million and will struggle to get back its budget.

Hit the jump for more estimates listed by title. Next weekend, James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy is set to rocket into theaters. Let’s hope Guardians make waves and finish the summer with a bam. Until then, take care.


All U.S. movie box-office figures provided by Box-Office Mojo.