Weekend Box Office: LUCY Shines with $44 Million; HERCULES Takes Second with $29 Million

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2014’s summer box office got a rare ray of sunshine this weekend thanks to Lucy.  The sci-fi/action pic easily claimed first place with an estimated $44 million from 3,173 locations – the highest debut for star Scarlett Johansson outside of her Marvel Universe appearances.   Hercules had to settle for a second place, though the action/adventure’s estimated $29 million from 3,595 locations also beat expectations.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Lucy $44,025,000 $44
2.  Hercules $29,000,000 $29
3.  Dawn of the Planet of the Apes $16,400,000 $172
4.  The Purge: Anarchy $9,896,000 $51.2
5.  Planes: Fire & Rescue $9,303,000 $35.1
6.  Sex Tape $5,975,000 $26.8
7.  Transformers: Age of Extinction $4,600,000 $236.3
8.  And So It Goes $4,552,000 $4.5
9.  Tammy $3,400,000 $78.1
10.  A Most Wanted Man $2,717,000 $2.7

 

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LUCY Review

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Luc Besson’s new film Lucy often feels like 10% of a movie, despite its very clear ambitions to be some sort of ultimate experience. Which is weird because it nails so many of its objectives.  It’s gorgeously shot.  It’s incredibly kinetic and, even when it’s not in the middle of an action scene, it’s rarely static.  Scarlett Johansson throws everything she has into the role (or, at least, gives the role everything it requires of her).  And yet I had to do everything I could to keep from falling asleep during the film’s turgid first act.

13 New LUCY Images Featuring Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman, Amr Waked, and Behind-the-Scenes Shots of Luc Besson

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We’ve got 13 new images from Luc Besson’s latest action-thriller Lucy, starring Scarlett Johansson as a drug mule-turned-unstoppable warrior.  We posted a new red-band clip from the film yesterday that highlighted the title character’s newfound abilities.  These new images take a different approach and show off some of Johansson’s supporting cast, including Morgan FreemanAmr Waked, and Min-sik Choi.  There are also a few bonus behind-the-scenes shots of Besson at work scattered throughout.

Lucy opens July 25th.  Hit the jump to check out the new images.

Weekend Box Office: THE OTHER WOMAN Leads with $24.7 Million

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One week before The Amazing Spider-Man 2 kicks off the official summer movie season, the box office was predictably underwhelming.  Three new titles debuted but only one, The Other Woman, left an impression.  Fox’s female-centric revenge comedy earned an estimated $24.7 million from 3,204 locations to easily lock down first place while fellow new releases Brick Mansions and The Quiet Ones struggled.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  The Other Woman $24,700,000 $24.7
2.  Captain America 2 $16,048,000 $224.8
3.  Heaven is for Real $13,800,000 $51.9
4.  Rio 2 $13,650,000 $96.1
5.  Brick Mansions $9,600,000 $9.6
6.  Transcendence $4,105,000 $18.4
7.  The Quiet Ones $4,000,000 $4
8.  Bears $3,606,000 $11.1
9.  Divergent $3,600,000 $139.4
10.  A Haunted House 2 $3,265,000 $14.2

Director Luc Besson Talks LUCY, a Possible Sequel, His Approach to Female Characters, and More; Says TAKEN 3 Has Nothing to Do with Liam Neeson’s Family

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From writer/director Luc Besson, the action-thriller Lucy is about a woman (Scarlett Johansson) who is accidentally caught in a dark deal, and then turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic.  For more on the film, watch the trailer and read our WonderCon panel recap.

While at WonderCon to promote the film’s August 8th release, filmmaker Luc Besson spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about who Lucy is, how he’d been thinking about and working on this project for 10 years, that he doesn’t like to cut a lot of scenes, but he likes to allow himself a bit of room during editing, and how, if the film is huge, he would think about a possible sequel.  He also talked about the sci-fi trilogy he will probably do next, how no one will actually get taken in Taken 3, which is currently filming, and where he sees the Transporter movies going next.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

WonderCon: LUCY Panel Recap Featuring Luc Besson Q&A and New Footage

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At WonderCon 2014, Universal Pictures previewed select footage from Luc Besson’s Lucy.  The Scarlett Johansson led action-flick sports a number of impressive action sequences, two of which premiered to the attentive audience of WonderCon.  After the screening, Besson was on hand to discuss coming up with the premise of Lucy, the gender dynamics of his films and a funny story from his cult classic The Fifth Element.  For a full recap of the footage shown and bullet point highlights from the Q&A, hit the jump.

TOP 5: CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, First Trailer for LUCY, 22 JUMP STREET Set Visit, THE EXPENDABLES 3 Teaser, Our Most Anticipated Movies

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Given the near universal praise it has received, I doubt that one more voice in its corner will persuade you to check out Captain America: The Winter Soldier this weekend if you weren’t already planning on it (especially when that “one voice” belongs to yours truly). Still yet, that fact won’t prevent me from gushing about it in these next few sentences. The Winter Soldier is fantastic. The action, humor, performances, and storytelling are all on point and work seamlessly together to create what is instantly one of my favorite Marvel movies and, more impressively, a really good film in general. It joins The Avengers on the short list of Marvel movies that I can see myself revisiting outside of canon just to enjoy again as a singular experience. While I believe a healthy dose of skepticism should be retained until you see it for yourself, I feel comfortable in saying that you can believe the hype surrounding The Winter Soldier.

In addition to me continuing to high-five the new Cap film, this week’s Top 5 also features the first trailer for director Luc Besson‘s Lucy starring Scarlett Johansson, our 22 Jump Street set visit coverage, the first teaser trailer for The Expendables 3, and a look at our most anticipated films from April to June. Keep reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.

First Trailer and New Images for Luc Besson’s LUCY Starring Scarlett Johansson

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Universal Pictures has released the first Lucy trailer.  Director Luc Besson‘s (The Fifth Element) upcoming action thriller stars Scarlett Johansson as a reluctant drug mule who is transformed into an incredible fighter capable of clairvoyance, telekinesis, and an ability to disregard pain and emotion when one of the designer drugs enters her system.  The flick looks fun and interesting.  I like that she gets her powers from a bag of blue goo leaking into her stomach, and when she those gets powers she starts to lose her emotions.  It’s a neat premise, and the action looks good.  Also, the Morgan Freeman narration reminds me of this scene from South Park.

Hit the jump to watch the Lucy trailer and to check out some new images.  The film also stars Analeigh Tipton.  Lucy opens in theaters August 8th.

Weekend Box Office: THE LEGO MOVIE Claims Third Win, Crushes 3 DAYS TO KILL and POMPEII

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Once again, The LEGO Movie was the top draw at the box office, bringing in more than the frame’s two new releases combined.  In second place with an estimated $12.3 million, 3 Days to Kill lived up to its modest expectations.  And as for the 3D Pompeii?  The disaster motif appears apt this morning.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  The LEGO Movie $31,450,000 $183.1
2.  3 Days to Kill $12,300,000 $12.3
3.  Pompeii $10,010,000 $10
4.  Robocop $9,400,000 $43.6
5.  The Monuments Men $8,100,000 $58
6.  About Last Night $7,400,000 $38.1
7.  Ride Along $4,667,000 $123.1
7.  Frozen $4,357,000 $384
9.  Endless Love $4,301,000 $20.1
10.  Winter’s Tale $2,130,000 $11.2

THE TRANSPORTER Series Receiving a Reboot with Plans for an Origin Story and New Trilogy

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The Transporter movies are very silly, and their sequels have helped pushed their directors into bigger franchises.  Transporter 2 eventually launched Louis Leterrier to The Incredible Hulk and Clash of the Titans, and Transporter 3 director Olivier Megaton went on to Taken 2 and now he’s set for Taken 3.  But the films themselves have disappeared with Transporter 3 hitting theaters back in 2008, although they’ve continued as a TV series starring Chris Vance, first in 2011 on Cinemax, and now a second season on TNT later this year.  Rather than simply picking the films back up and recasting the simple role of a guy who is good at driving and fighting, Luc Besson‘s EuropaCorp is going to reboot the series and turn it into becoming an origin story.  That’s kind of dumb, but then again so are the Transporter movies.

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Olivier Megaton Returns to Direct TAKEN 3; Forest Whitaker in Talks to Join Liam Neeson and Maggie Grace

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Even though Taken 2 was a step down from Taken in terms of quality, it blew past the original when it came to the box office by raking in $376 million worldwide.  Naturally, the saga of Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) dealing with kidnappings must continue, and Deadline is reporting that Taken 2 director Olivier Megaton will return to helm Taken 3Maggie Grace will also come back, and once again, Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen are handling the script, which will likely involve Neesons beating the shit out of people.

Deadline also reports that Forest Whitaker is in talks to join Neeson and Grace in the upcoming sequel. No word yet on whether or not Whitaker will A) be kidnapped; B) the kidnapper; C) have a very special set of skills; D) Find a better way to determine distance than by tossing grenades into a highly populated city.

BOURNE LEGACY Sequel Set for Release on August 14, 2015; Luc Besson’s LUCY Opens August 8, 2014

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You can add another Bourne film to the massive list of high-profile movies set for release in 2015.  Universal Pictures announced today that the untitled follow-up to The Bourne Legacy will be released on August 14, 2015, where it will open opposite The Smurfs 3.  As previously reported, Fast Five helmer Justin Lin will be directing the new installment with Jeremy Renner reprising his lead role from LegacyAnthony Peckham (Sherlock Holmes) is penning the screenplay, making this the first Bourne film not written by Tony Gilroy.

Additionally, Universal has dated director Luc Besson’s new action thriller Lucy for August 8, 2014, directly opposite Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and one week after Marvel’s Guardians of the GalaxyScarlett Johansson stars as a reluctant drug mule who is transformed into an incredible fighter capable of clairvoyance, telekinesis, and an ability to disregard pain and emotion when one of the designer drugs enters her system.  Unfortunately, she’s also racing against the clock to survive.  Morgan Freeman also stars.  For a refresher on just how packed the 2015 release calendar is, hit the jump.

Weekend Box Office: INSIDIOUS CHAPTER TWO Sets New September Record with $41 Million Debut

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After scaring up 2013’s highest single-day horror opening on Friday the 13th, Insidious Chapter Two went on to claim an estimated $41 million from 3,049 locations this weekend. That’s a new record for a live-action September release (only Hotel Transylvania opened higher) and ranks as one of the top openings ever in the supernatural horror genre.

The Family was the weekend’s only other new release. Unlike Insidious 2, which nearly doubled its pre-release projection, Luc Besson’s gangster came in on par with its more modest target.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Insidious Chapter Two $41,050,000 $41.05
2.  The Family $14,500,000 $14.5
3.  Riddick $7,000,000 $31.27
4.  Lee Daniels’ The Butler $5,580,000 $100
5.  We’re The Millers $5,415,000 $131.6
6.  Instructions Not Included $4,250,000 $26.5
7.  Planes $3,066,000 $82.9
8.  One Direction: This Is Us $2,400,000 $26.8
9.  Elysium $2,050,000 $88.3
10.  Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters $1,825,000 $62

Friday Box Office: INSIDIOUS CHAPTER TWO Seizes Biggest Horror Debut of 2013

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September is usually a slow month at the box office, but you wouldn’t know it by looking at Friday’s launch of Insidious Chapter Two. The sequel to the 2011 horror hit pulled in an estimated $20.06 million from 3,049 locations yesterday, topping the debuts of both The Conjuring ($16.9 million) and The Purge ($16.7 million) from earlier this year. Insidious Chapter Two is now on track for as much as $42 million this weekend; putting it close to September’s all-time opening record set by Hotel Transylvania in 2012. It is worth noting, however, that Insidious Chapter Two opened on Friday the 13th, which means that it could be more front-loaded than your average horror movie. And, unlike The Conjuring, which enjoyed an unusually warm critical reception, Insidious 2’s current Rotten Tomato score of 37% could hurt word of mouth.

The weekend’s only other major release came in a distant second on Friday. Luc Besson’s The Family earned an estimated $5.4 million from 3,091 venues and should realize at least $14 million through Sunday – a number that is actually in line with projections for the gangster film starring Robert DeNiro.  We’ll have full details tomorrow.

 Title Friday Total
1.  Insidious Chapter Two $20,060,000 $20
2.  The Family $5,400,000 $5.4
3.  Riddick $2,200,000 $26.4
4.  We’re The Millers $1,735,000 $127.9
5.  Lee Daniels’ The Butler $1,664,000 $96.1

3 Clips and 11 Minutes of Behind-the-Scenes Footage from THE FAMILY Starring Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer

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Relativity has released three clips and 11 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage from Luc Besson‘s dark action-comedy The Family.  The movie centers on the Manzonis, a mob family who are relocated to Normandy, France as part of the witness protection program, though they soon find that leaving their old, violent, retaliatory ways behind is harder than they expected.

Hit the jump to check out the clips and the behind-the-scenes footage.  The film stars Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Dianna Agron, John D’Leo, and Tommy Lee JonesThe Family opens September 13th.

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