July 28, 2014 7:39 am

‘Lucy’ tops ‘Hercules’ at weekend box office

Scarlett Johansson in a scene from 'Lucy.'

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LOS ANGELES – Luc Besson’s Lucy proved mind can overpower muscle, topping a remake of Hercules by director Brett Ratner at the box office on the weekend.

The movie starring Scarlett Johansson as an accidental psychokinetic took in $44 million in North American movie theatres over the weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday.

Hercules, starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, brought down an estimated $29 million.

Lucy opens internationally next week.

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Meanwhile, Johnson’s draw with men, women and children helped Hercules power into the No. 2 spot. In addition to its domestic haul, the film brought in $28.7 million from Russia, Australia, Britain, Malaysia and other countries in Asia.

Another film that opened in wide release over the weekend was the Rob Reiner-directed romantic comedy And So It Goes, starring Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton, which collected an estimated $4.6 million.

The rest of the top five was comprised of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes ($16.4 million), The Purge: Anarchy ($9.9 million) and Planes: Fire & Rescue ($9.3 million).

Boyhood, a Richard Linklater film that tracks the life of a boy from age 5 to 18, gained traction in its third week of release with $1.7 million from just 107 locations.

 

© The Associated Press, 2014

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