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Weekend box office: 'Lucy' beats 'Hercules', 'And So It Goes' flops

The female-driven sci-fi thriller “Lucy” topped the box office this weekend, taking down Brett Ratner and Dwayne Johnson’s “Hercules” by a long shot. “Lucy”, which stars Scarlett Johansson as a woman who becomes intellectually evolved beyond any human in history, grossed $44.02 million, which isn’t bad for an original tale. The story of “Hercules”, however, has been told time and time again, but even a popular actor like Johnson couldn’t drag enough moviegoers to the theater to check it out. With $29 million and a second place debut, it didn’t flop, but it wasn’t hugely successful either.

Scarlett Johansson as "Lucy"
Universal Pictures

The comedy “And So It Goes” was a flop, however, opening in eighth with only $4.5 million. The film stars Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton, but despite their star power a lack of marketing for the film, as well as its unlikeliness of attracting the younger audience that dominates the summer movie season, were likely the reasons for this result.

In limited release, the thriller “A Most Wanted Man” performed very well. Featuring one of the final performances of Phillip Seymour Hoffman, the movie opened in less than 400 theaters this weekend, but still grossed $2.7 million, coming in tenth.

The complete list of the top 12 movies at the box office this weekend is below. Click the links to read my full review of each film.

1. “Lucy”: $44.02

2. “Hercules”: $29 million

3. “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”: $16.4 million

4. “The Purge: Anarchy”: $9.8 million

5. “Planes: Fire and Rescue”: $9.3 million

6. “Sex Tape”: $5.9 million

7. “Transformers: Age of Extinction”: $4.6 million

8. “And So It Goes”: $4.5 million

9. “Tammy”: $3.4 million

10. “A Most Wanted Man”: $2.7 million

11. “22 Jump Street”: $2.5 million

12. “How to Train Your Dragon 2”: $2.2 million

Check out showtimes for these movies and more at the following St. Louis-area theaters.

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