Dwayne Johnson’s brawn was no match for Scarlett Johansson’s brain at the box office on Friday, as Johansson’s new action film Lucy took the top spot. With an estimated $17.1 million on Friday, Lucy may bring an unexpected boost to this year’s weak July box office and is now on track to pass its estimated $35 million opening, further cementing Johansson’s star power.
Though he definitely has a lot of power in his own way, Dwayne Johnson didn’t have enough strength as Hercules at the box office; Brett Ratner’s poorly reviewed adaptation of Steve Moore’s 2008 graphic novel took in just $11 million on its first day out. However, the film started off strong internationally in 19 markets and still may do better than originally projected. Lucy won’t open internationally until next week.
The rest of the top five were all holdover summer sequels from previous weeks. Still monkeying around on 3000+ screens, last week’s top earner Dawn of the Planet of the Apes took the third place spot with an additional $4.7 million on Friday in its third week of release. The second film in the remade franchise is on track to cross the $170 million mark by the end of the weekend.
The Purge: Anarchy was still able to convince moviegoers to get their scare on with an estimated $3.4 million on Friday. However, the horror sequel is on track to see a 65-percent decline in sales for its second weekend in theaters.
And it looks like most parents and kids stayed home on Friday night, as Disney’s Planes: Fire and Rescue rounded out the top five with just $2.8 million on Friday. Also in its second week of release, the animated film will be aiming toward a $30 million domestic total this weekend.
Here’s the top five:
1. Lucy - $17.1 million Friday (new)
2. Hercules - $11 million Friday (new)
3. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes - $4.7 million Friday ($160.4M domestic total)
4. The Purge: Anarchy — $3.4 million Friday ($44.8 million domestic total)
5. Planes: Fire & Rescue – $2.8 million Friday ($28.58 million domestic total)
Check back in tomorrow for the full weekend report.