It looks like Universal’s decision to move up the release date for Lucy will go down as one of the summer’s smartest plays. Director Luc Besson’s sci-fi pic was supposed to open in August – not exactly an endorsement of its strong box office potential. But arriving two weeks earlier than planned, Lucy is now aiming for one of the best sci-fi debuts of 2014 with at least $45 million. That’s double what the R-rated title was originally projected to earn and is more than enough to make fellow newcomer Hercules look puny by comparison. The action pic starring Dwayne Johnson came in second on Friday and should earn $28 million on its debut weekend. That’s right on track with early projections for the film, though the number was supposed to equal a first place finish for the son of Zeus.
Hit the jump for Friday’s top five.