Two super powered individuals went toe-to-toe at the box office, and the eventual winner proved brains beat brawn.
The number 1 film this weekend is Lucy (read our review) with $44 million. The premise might be extremely far fetched, but something about this unconventional sci-fi flick from director Luc Besson (La Femme Nikita, The Professional) struck a chord with audiences. It's also already Besson's second highest grossing film – behind the first Transporter – after its first three days.
Heading into the weekend, most expected Lucy to post halfway decent numbers, but few predicted it would hit $40M+. Clearly that Avengers and Captain America star power is strong with Scarlet Johansson.
Hercules (read our review) is the number 2 film this weekend with $29 million. Like with Lucy, Hercules exceeded expectations this weekend, and did so despite a general sense of disinterest from moviegoers pre-release.
Dwayne Johnson has been mostly hit or miss over the past few years, capable of generating huge numbers as part of the Fast and Furious ensemble or barely making a blip like with the drama Snitch. Depending on how it performs, though, Hercules could fall somewhere in the middle – decent enough numbers to turn a small profit, but nothing on the order of Johnson's massive blockbusters.
Coming in at number 3 is Dawn of the Planet of the Apes with $16.4 million. Fox's blockbuster sequel continues to post strong numbers on the back of positive word of mouth from moviegoers. Thus far, the film has grossed $172 million domestic and $353 million worldwide.
In at number 4 is The Purge: Anarchy, which fell a massive 66% from last weekend and grossed $9.8 million. Clearly audiences weren't as keen on The Purge concept this time around, but with $51 million so far the film is already plenty successful.
Rounding out the top 5 is Planes: Fire & Rescue with $9.3 million, bringing its domestic total up to $35 million. Walt Disney Studios' latest animated release is well below expectations and its predecessor's pace. We'd surmise it's probably time to either put this franchise on the straight-to-DVD circuit or ground it indefinitely.
The number 6 film this weekend is Sex Tape with $5.9 million. The Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz raunchy comedy had a rough outing last weekend and that trend continues. Sex Tape has grossed $26 million over the last two weeks.
Transformers: Age of Extinction is the number 7 film with $4.6 million, which brings its domestic total up to $236 million. Michael Bay's latest spectacle-laden blockbuster is slowly inching its way up the top 10 for 2014 domestic releases (it's currently number 3), but with $996 million and climbing, Transformers 4 is already the highest grossing worldwide release of the year.
Coming in at number 8 is the Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton comedy And So It Goes with $4.5 million. Douglas and Keaton typically post decent numbers on opening weekend, but this one fell really flat. That being said, the film received almost no marketing, so it could hold well if word of mouth is strong.
In at number 9 is Tammy with $3.4 million. The Melissa McCarthy comedy is up to $78 million.
Rounding out the top 10 is A Most Wanted Man with $2.7 million. One of Phillip Seymour Hoffman's last completed films; A Most Wanted Man did pretty well in limited release with a per-screen-average of $7,526/screen.
[NOTE: These are only weekend box office estimates - based on Friday and Saturday ticket sales coupled with adjusted expectations for Sunday. Official weekend box office results will be released on Monday, July 28th - at which time we'll update this post with any changes.]
Source: Box Office Mojo