By Ronald Grover and Chris Michaud LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK - "Lucy," starring Scarlett Johansson as a woman with a super-powered brain, collected $44 million to win the domestic box office race, outmuscling "Hercules" which took in $29 million for second place. "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," which topped the box office the past two weekends, finished third with $16.4 million. "Lucy," directed by French action film specialist Luc Besson, stars Johansson as a woman who can stop traffic and move objects with her mind after a drug planted in her body causes her brain to operate at abnormally high levels. The special effects-laden film was made for a relatively inexpensive $40 million, according to the movie site Box Office Mojo.
Director Luc Besson's action sci-fi thriller "Lucy," about a woman turned superhuman by using 100 percent of her brain, debuted at the top of the North American box office, estimates showed Sunday. In its first weekend out, the film whose title role is played by Scarlett Johansson, earned $44 million in ticket sales according to box office tracker Exhibitor Relations. It beat out another box office newcomer, "Hercules" which muscled its way to second place with $29 million. Behind was "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," based on the Pierre Boulle sci-fi tale of humans and chimps clashing to survive, which brought in $16.4 million and fell to third place in its third week out.
By Patricia Reaney NEW YORK - Gun-toting thugs and a vicious Asian mob boss are no match for the brawn and brain of French director Luc Besson's super-powered heroine in his sci-fi, action thriller "Lucy." Besson is known for creating strong female characters in "La Femme Nikita" and "The Fifth Element." But he goes a step further in "Lucy," which opens in theaters in the United States on Friday, with an American student in Taipei who becomes invincible after the full power of her brain is unleashed. Scarlett Johansson ("The Avengers") is Lucy, a woman tricked by a boyfriend into delivering a suitcase and becomes one of several unwilling drug mules dispatched around the globe by Asian mobsters. After a brutal beating, the powerful synthetic compound implanted in her stomach seeps into her body and gradually lets her access more and more of her brain power. "I think it is such an interesting imagination Luc has going on there," said Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman ("Million Dollar Baby"), who as Paris-based neurologist Professor Norman helps Lucy cope with the startling changes in her mind and body.
So let's start with the enticing premise of Luc Besson's "Lucy," starring Scarlett Johansson: Human beings only use 10 percent of their brain capacity. Imagine what it would be like if we could access all of it?
Like other cast members involved with the Coens' look at 1950s Hollywood, Hill might be well known for comedic parts but has experience working on more serious fare. Tatum's latest film, "Foxcatcher," is a biographical drama starring "The Office" and "Anchorman" actor Steve Carrell as philanthropic, menacing wrestling coach John du Pont, with Tatum opposite him as Olympic wrestler Mark Schultz. As for "Hail Caesar," the Coens have in mind a story about a 1950s Hollywood fixer whose job it is to make sure one studio's roster of actors are happy -- or at least compliant. Josh Brolin and George Clooney are already on board, while Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton and Ralph Fiennes are also in discussions, as Variety reports, with production to start in fall of this year.
If there was one person who was thrilled that there were no animals at the "We Bought A Zoo" premiere held Monday, Dec. 13, at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City, it was Matt Damon. For the affable star of the new family comedy had some serious fears when it came to making the movie, fears that his co-star Scarlett Johansson didn't really share.
A Florida man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to hacking into the email accounts of celebrities such as Christina Aguilera, Mila Kunis and Scarlett Johansson, whose nude photos eventually landed on the Internet.
A Florida man is expected to make his first appearance in a California courtroom Tuesday after being charged with hacking into the email accounts of celebrities such as Scarlett Johansson whose nude photos eventually landed on the Internet.
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