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.
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.
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