Welcome to the Box Office Report, where ScarJo comes out on top and The Rock sits pretty.
1. Lucy (Universal): $44 million in 3,173 theaters.
We were fond of Scarlett Johansson in Luc Besson's fantasy thriller Lucy and were a bit bemused by the mixed reviews and criticism. Nevertheless, America rewarded Lucy and its moderate-big release with the box office title this week. This should be ScarJo's first flick that grosses $100 million domestic, at least, outside of the Marvel realm. That, in and of itself, is big news.
2. Hercules (Paramount): $29 million in 3,595 theaters.
We've honored Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson as Hollywood's "most indestructible star" for his ability to be forgiven for crap after crap after crap project. As David Sims pointed out, Hercules is the latest in that string (critics weren't granted advanced screenings). The news is still good for DJ. This movie is standalone The Rock, not part of a franchise, spin-off, or ensemble and it did relatively well. With an even split between domestic and international sales, this will make back its $100 budget in a few weeks.
3. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (Fox): $16.4 million in 3,668 theaters.