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Scarlett Johansson's "Lucy" action film we up against Dwayne Johnson's "Hercules" action film at the box office this weekend, with "Lucy" coming out a clear winner with $44 million in domestic earnings. "Lucy" is directed by Luc Besson (The Professional, The Fifth Element). The film had the biggest opening of any film in his career and earned nearly four times as much as his "Colombiana" action film, starring Zoe Saldana. "Lucy" cost $40 million to make, which means that it's already profitable. And with an international release still on its way, the new movie will be a major hit for everyone involved. It has a 58% fresh rating on RottenTomatoes. "Hercules" had to settle for second place with a $29 million opening. That's a disappointing result for a movie that cost $100 million. But with another $29 million coming from international box office, "Hercules" has a good chance of ending up with a total »
This new clip centres on Stanley and the spiritual medium debating who has more to lose if either is proved incorrect in their quest.
Allen's latest film is now playing on limited release in the Us and opens on September 19 in the UK. Watch a trailer below: »
Amir here, with the weekend’s Scarlett Johansson re Box Office report
‘twas a battle between two kickass heroes at the multiplex this weekend, and the The Rock’s old school muscles and sword and sandals fell to the fierce power of ScarJo and the wonder of technology. Lucy beat Hercules to top the weekend. Those weren’t the only new releases that entered the top ten: the anonymously titled And So It Goes starring Diane Keaton and Michael Douglas started with a tepid $2k per screen average for the slightly older crowd, while A Man Most Wanted did really solid business on only 361 screens. Experts are currently analyzing whether the audience interest stems from Philip Seymour Hoffman’s final performance or the work of Iranian character actor Homayoun Ershadi.
Weekend Box Office
01 Lucy $44 *New* Trailer thoughts
02 Hercules $29 *New*
03 Dawn Of Planet Of Apes $16.4 (cum. $172) Review
04 The Purge: Anarchy $9.8 (cum. »
- Amir S.
In this bleak midsummer for specialized product, two strong new releases opened wider than the usual two-city norm. "A Most Wanted Man" (Roadside Attractions) even placed among the wide-release Top Ten--in just 361 theaters-- while Woody Allen's "Magic in the Moonlight" (Sony Pictures Classics) shows a continued late-career rebound in interest in the comedy auteur. But three weeks into its amazing run, the story remains Richard Linklater's slowly expanding "Boyhood" (IFC). The story of a boy's life from 6 to 18 ranked #14 despite playing in only 107 theaters, grossing $1,725,000 for a per screen average of $16,121 at a total so far of $4,126,000. This places the performance for this acclaimed (now with an unbelievable 100 score at Metacritic) at the upper end of recent specialized releases, more impressive with its three-hour length. ("Blue Jasmine" last summer in its third weekend in 119 theaters had a PSA of $19,700 on its way to $33 million »
- Tom Brueggemann
“A Most Wanted Man,” one of the final films of the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, took off in its limited debut and Woody Allen‘s “Magic in the Moonlight” started solidly in its debut this weekend. But Richard Linklater‘s “Boyhood” was nearly as impressive in its expansion. “A Most Wanted Man” delivered the first top ten opening in the 11-year history of Roadside Attractions, which is distributing the spy thriller based on John le Carre's novel with Lionsgate. The cerebral espionage saga, directed by Anton Corbijn and co-starring Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe and Robin Wright, opened to $2.7 million from 361 locations. »
- Todd Cunningham
Hercules’s muscles were no match for Lucy’s drug-enhanced brain at the box office this weekend. Audiences turned out in earnest to see the Scarlett Johansson thriller, which earned an expectation-shattering $44 million from 3,173 theaters in its first weekend.
Not only is it director Luc Besson’s biggest opening, Lucy is also a career high for Scarlett Johansson as a lead. Audiences for the original feature were evenly split between genders, 35 percent were under the age of 25, and 29 percent were Hispanic. But even though the EuropaCorp-produced, Universal-distributed project appealed to a wide demographic swath, those who did see the »
- Lindsey Bahr
Bold debuts from two of the weekend’s openers in a crowded specialty box office included yet another Woody Allen film as well as a last starring turn from the late Philip Seymour Hoffman. Allen’s Magic in the Moonlight was another solid opener in a string of recent successes for the veteran writer-director, with a good per-screen average. That said, the numbers were less stratospheric than some of his recent summer films when comparing on a straight theater average, though this go-around did bow in substantially more locations. Magic is Allen’s third consecutive summer release (and seventh if you count the ”shoulder” seasons). The formula continues to be a lucrative […] »
<< Continued from "Weekend Report"Playing at 361 theaters, spy thriller A Most Wanted Man cracked the Top 10 with $2.7 million. That's the second-biggest opening ever for distributor Roadside Attractions, and is noticeably higher than last year's Mud ($2.2 million). With strong reviews and built-in curiosity surrounding the final lead role from Philip Seymour Hoffman, this should be a solid performer in the weeks ahead.Richard Linklater's Boyhood expanded to 107 theaters and earned $1.73 million this weekend ($16,121 average). The movie has now earned $4.1 million, which ranks fifth all-time for distributor IFC Films. According to IFC, there will be an aggressive expansion over the next few weeks that will include a national television advertising campaign. It's unclear exactly how high this can go, but a total north of $15 million seems like a likely outcome.Gabriel Iglesias stand-up flick The Fluffy Movie opened to $1.3 million from 432 theaters. In comparison, Kevin Hart: Laugh at My Pain »
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The actress may have benefited more from her work on the Marvel movies than any other member of the superhero ensemble save for Robert Downey Jr., whose work as Iron Man transformed him into perhaps the biggest box office star on the planet. Evidence of Johansson’s raised profile was on display this weekend, as the actress powered “Lucy” to a $44 million debut, the third biggest female-driven action opening of all time.
- Brent Lang
Strangely timed considering San Diego Comic-Con was in full swing, Scarlett Johansson scored the biggest non-Marvel opening of her career as "Lucy" debuted to an estimated $44 million to top the box office. With a production budget of $40 million, Luc Besson's Sci-Fi thriller could be a strong performer for both the director's own financing company, Europa, and distributor Universal Pictures. The success of "Lucy," which had a huge $17.1 million opening day means Johansson has a legitimate career as an action star outside of her Black Widow Marvel Universe persona. Whether she decides to explore that remains to be seen. Up until now her biggest opener, outside of Marvel, was the ensemble romantic comedy "He's Just Not that Into You" which earned $27.7 million in 2009. Summer movie season is never easy and "Lucy" will face some stiff competition on Friday when Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" hits theaters. Another film that will »
- Gregory Ellwood
The $33 million tracking for Luc Besson's Lucy seemed crazy. It was a rated-r movie with Scarlett Johansson in the lead role, a position she isn't typically known for. Add to that, Besson's largest opening for one of his films was $17 million back in 1997 with The Fifth Element and I'm not sure I saw any press for the film, after all, Johansson is busy with Avengers: Age of Ultron and if I'm not mistaken, it was only Morgan Freeman huffing helium with Jimmy Fallon when it comes to the film's late night press. And yet, it's number one at the box office in a big way. With $44 million, Lucy is your number one film at the box office this weekend. Budgeted at $40 million the film will likely do well internationally, though I think we should expect a 60-65% drop next weekend, if not more, thanks to the "C+" CinemaScore and »
- Brad Brevet
It’s a big win for Johansson, solidifying her as an action star to rival Angelina Jolie. “Lucy” ranks as her largest non-Marvel opening, edging out 2009′s “He’s Just Not That Into You” ($27.8 million). It’s been a very good few months for Johansson, who scored critical raves for playing a sultry, Siri-like voice in “Her” and a conflicted alien seductress in “Under the Skin,” and made bank reprising her role as Black Widow in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.”
“Her bankability is beyond reproach and her street cred is beyond comparison,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Rentrak. “She can bounce gracefully between indie movies and esoteric movies and then rise to the top box office charts.”
Universal acquired “Lucy” for $40 million, which makes its opening »
- Brent Lang
A Woody Allen comedy about a master magician trying to expose a psychic medium as a fake.
Set in the 1920s on the opulent Riviera in the south of France, Woody Allen’s Magic in the Moonlight is a romantic comedy about a master magician (Colin Firth) trying to expose a psychic medium (Emma Stone) as a fake.
Chinese conjuror Wei Ling Soo is the most celebrated magician of his age, but few know that he is the stage persona of Stanley Crawford (Firth), a grouchy and arrogant Englishman with a sky-high opinion of himself and an aversion to phony spiritualists’ claims that they can perform real magic. »
We're half-way through the final season of HBO's "True Blood," so this is as good a time as any for a celebratory Comic-Con send-off. Saturday's (July 26) Ballroom 20 panel is being moderated by the same guy who has moderated nearly all of the previous "True Blood" panels, so... I guess we know what to expect! Anyway, it's one vampire to another, as I just wrapped my live-blog for "The Vampire Diaries." Woo. 5:04 p.m. We begin with a clip reel of "True Blood" stars saying "Good-bye." And now they're going to do it in person. 5:06 p.m. Our panel: Nathan Parsons, The Lovely Deborah Ann Woll, Nelsan Ellis, Carrie Preston, Chris "Comic-Con Virgin" Bauer, Anna Camp, Brian Buckner, Kristin Bauer Van Straten, Rutina Wesley, Sam Trammell, Stephen Moyer and Anna Paquin. The loudest reaction, by a wide margin, was for Kristin Bauer van Straten, if you're curious. 5:07 p. »
- Daniel Fienberg
Thanos, Marvel's most cosmic villain, now has a face as Josh Brolin joins the Marvel Cinematic Universe!
"Josh brings all the weight and stature necessary for a character as iconic and significant as Thanos. We're incredibly excited for fans to see more of him as the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to expand."
Brolin's career began with the cult-classic The Goonies, and in his 29-year career since then the actor has taken on countless roles in both film and television, including critically-acclaimed performances in No Country for Old Men, W. and True Grit. In that time, Brolin has worked with such esteemed directors as Oliver Stone, »
Susan Sarandon was discussing the May-December romance in her upcoming film “The Last of Robin Hood,” when she was asked about filmmaker Woody Allen‘s penchant for showing similar romances on screen. As it turns out, the actress was far more concerned with his off-camera lifestyle. “I have issues with Woody Allen,” the actress told The Daily Beast. “I think he really tore that family apart in a way that was horrible, and hasn't really dealt with the aftermath.” Also read: Susan Sarandon and Jimmy Kimmel Recreate ‘Thelma & Louise’ Selfie (Video) In 1992, Mia Farrow's 7-year-old daughter accused Allen of molesting her. »
- Travis Reilly
Your Top Three is a series here at Movies.com where we choose a topic and you give us your top three picks. Magic in the Moonlight is Woody Allen's 45th feature film as credited director. That's almost one per year since the first release back in 1966, and if we count some of the ones he at least wrote and are often considered Woody Allen films, the ratio is just about even. Not all are masterpieces, of course, but regardless it's quite a task to thumb through all those titles and pick a favorite. Or three favorites. Even to say he's well beyond his best years, there are a lot of modern-day Woody movies that fans have added to their list of top-tier titles, such as Match Point, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Midnight in Paris and last year's box office smash and...
- Christopher Campbell
For a while, Lady Gaga was one of the most fascinating music stars that had come in a while, primarily because of her unapologetic bombast. Too often, though, she may have been written off as “weird”, from her odd fashion decisions, her performance art appearances on TV, and, of course, her music videos. Gaga, née Stefani Germanotta, through her strange videos presents a vision, often of powerful women and the subversion of fame, through each of her music videos. Sometimes straddling the line between film and music video, Lady Gaga, though not always the director of these videos, is always the auteur behind them.
Lady Gaga’s early music videos are nothing if not promotional material, with “LoveGame” and “Poker Face” being, for the most part, entirely generic within the context of her career. It was not perhaps until she employed the use of music video director Jonas Åkerlund that »
- Kyle Turner
Chicago – After last year’s powerful “Blue Jasmine,” writer/director Woody Allen’s trajectory seemed destined toward another film masterpiece, but “Magic in the Moonlight” isn’t it. Colin Firth and Emma Stone are an unlikely pairing in this seen-it-before-Woody film trifle.
Again Allen goes back to the 1920s, an era he has explored before in “Bullets Over Broadway” and to a lesser degree “Midnight in Paris.” The elements of magicians and illusions have also been covered in “Shadows and Fog” and the underrated “Stardust Memories.” Thematically, it feels like Woody Allen has done this film before, even in the relationship between Colin Firth and Emma Stone, which generates zero chemistry. In his quest to make at least one film a year, the 78-year-old auteur has made this one a placeholder, albeit a funnier, more beautifully filmed and at times more interesting placeholder – better than most of the films out there. »
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Oh hey, it’s that time of year again where we get another Woody Allen movie. What better way to celebrate than to tell people not to watch it and recommend a documentary to watch instead? Even for one of the director’s latter-day films, Magic in the Moonlight is especially airy and forgettable. It involves many of the philosophical ideas with which Allen is so enamored, such as the search for meaning in a godless universe, but makes none of them stick. Which is a shame, since the film’s story, about a 1920s magician who seeks to debunk a young psychic, had potential. As an alternative, check out Marjoe, another film about exposing religious fraud, albeit in a radically different context. While Moonlight is set amidst the spiritualism craze of the early 20th century, Marjoe deals with revival evangelism, which was the choice avenue for hucksters of that era (and whose spirit continues to a »
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