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‘Lucy’ outmuscles ‘Hercules’ at theaters; ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ opens Friday

Lucy’ outmuscled ‘Hercules’ over the weekend and topped the domestic box office, according to industry figures reported by movie tracking site Box Office Mojo on Monday.

‘Lucy,’ a sci-fi action thriller starring Scarlett Johansson, grossed $43.8 million in ticket sales from Friday to Sunday.

‘Hercules,’ starring Dwayne Johnson, opened at No. 2 with $29.8 million.

The No. 1 movie for the previous two weekends, ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,’ slipped two spots to No. 3 in its third weekend, earning $16.7 million for a total of $172.4 million since opening July 11.

Horror sequel ‘The Purge: Anarchy’ fell two spots to No. 4 in its second weekend, earning $10.4 million for a total of $51.8 million since opening July 18.

Animated adventure comedy sequel ‘Planes: Fire & Rescue’ also dropped two spots to No. 5 in its second weekend, earning $9.5 million for a total of $35.3 million since opening July 18.

The romantic dramedy ‘And So It Goes,’ starring Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton, debuted at No. 8 with just $4.6 million.

FRIDAY’S NATIONWIDE RELEASES

Guardians of the Galaxy’ is a sci-fi action adventure based on the Marvel comic superhero team of the same name. In ‘Guardians,’ an American pilot named Quill steals an orb coveted by a powerful alien. When Quill discovers the true nature of the orb, he’s forced to rally a ragtag bunch of his rivals to save the galaxy. Early buzz on 'Guardians' is strong. A stellar 96 percent of the reviews were positive on movie review site Rotten Tomatoes, which said the film is 'just as irreverent as fans of the frequently zany Marvel comic would expect ... as well as funny, thrilling, full of heart, and packed with visual splendor.' Rated PG-13. Watch the official trailer here.

‘Get On Up’ is a biographical music drama chronicling soul singer James Brown’s rise from extreme poverty to one of the most influential entertainers in history. Rated PG-13. Watch the official trailer here.

TUESDAY’S DVD/BLU-RAY RELEASES

Noah,’ starring Russell Crowe, is a biblical action adventure about the man chosen by God to undertake a monumental mission of faith before an apocalyptic flood destroys the world. A solid 77 percent of reviews were positive on Rotten Tomatoes, which said the film displayed ‘sweeping visuals grounded by strong performances in service of a timeless tale told on a human scale.’ Rated PG-13. Watch the official trailer here.

‘The Other Woman,’ starring Cameron Diaz and Kate Upton, is a romantic comedy about three women who team up and plot revenge on the man who betrayed them all. Only 23 percent of reviews were positive on Rotten Tomatoes, which said the film ‘settles for cheap laughs instead of reaching its empowering potential.’ Rated PG-13. Watch the official trailer here.