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'Lucy' has No. 1 debut at U.S. box office; 'Hercules' debuts at No. 2

Photo at left: "Lucy." Photo at right: "Hercules."
Photo at left: "Lucy." Photo at right: "Hercules."
Photo at left: Universal Pictures. Photo at right: Paramount Pictures.

Universal Pictures' action thriller "Lucy" was the No. 1 at the U.S. and Canadian box office for the weekend ending July 27, 2014. According to a Box Office Mojo report published on July 27, "Lucy" had $44 million in ticket sales for the weekend ending July 27, 2014. "Lucy" (directed by Luc Besson) stars Scarlett Johansson as a woman who finds she has superpowers after a drug she unwittingly has transported allows her to use 100 percent of her brain.

Paramount Pictures' action-adventure "Hercules" (starring Dwayne Johnson as the title character) debuted at No. 2, with $29.8 million in ticket sales. That number far surpasses the $8.6 million in ticket sales that "The Legend of Hercules" (starring Kellan Lutz as the title character) had in its opening weekend in January 2014.

According to Box Office Mojo, here are the Top 5 movies in the U.S. and Canada for the weekend ending July 27, 2014:

1. "Lucy" — $44 million

2. "Hercules" — $29.8 million

3. "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" — $16.8 million

4. "The Purge Anarchy" — $10.5 million

5. "Planes: Fire & Rescue" — $9.5 million

Also noteworthy: The romantic dramedy "And So It Goes" (starring Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton) had a mid-range release and debuted at No.8, with $4.6 million in ticket sales

And here are the opening-weekend box-office numbers for the movies that opened in limited release on July 25, 2014:

  • "A Most Wanted Man" — $2.7 million from 361 theaters
  • "The Fluffy Movie" — $1.3 million from 432 theaters
  • "Magic in the Moonlight" — $412,095 from 17 theaters
  • "A Master Builder" — $8,000 from one theater
  • "Happy Christmas" — $7,523 from four theaters
  • "Come Back to Me" — $4,156 from 10 theaters
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