Weekend box office: Lucy beats Hercules
It was a tough Scarlett Johansson versus a tough Dwayne Johnson at the weekend box office and this time, Johansson emerged as the victor with her film, LUCY (click the link to read our review), taking the top spot. I don’t know if that means audiences had rather see a tough woman on the big screen than a tough man, or if audiences just have zero interest in Hercules, but I’m sure people will try to read more into it as the week progresses. Both films grossed over $30 million and as the summer is starting to draw to a close, I don’t think either film should be upset with their performance. I’m not sure it was the best idea to open them up opposite each other since they appeal to the same audience, but that seems to happen more often than not. On the opposite side of the box office report is the Michael Douglas, Diane Keaton romantic comedy AND SO IT GOES, which couldn’t crack the top five.
Next week belongs to Marvel’s latest, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY. I’m not surprised it’s a good film, but I am surprised by how glowingly positive the early reviews have been. It seems everyone is excited for the release, so the sky’s the limit as far as box office numbers are concerned. The problem will be getting the casual moviegoer into the theater since the film doesn’t feature any big name stars or big name characters. My guess is that Guardians will open strong, but will be pulling in people well into September with good word of mouth. Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.
1. Lucy $44.1m
2. Hercules $30.2m
3. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes $16.5m
4. The Purge: Anarchy $10.5m
5. Planes: Fire and Rescue $8.9m
6. Sex Tape $5.7m
7. Transformers: Age of Extinction $4.4m
8. And So It Goes $4.3m
9. Tammy $3.3m
10. 22 Jump Street $2.6m