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Scarlett Johansson’s Lucy tops the UK box office chart

26 August 2014 11:45 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th August 2014….

After two weeks atop the UK chart, The Inbetweeners 2 was knocked down into second place this past weekend as Luc Besson’s Scarlett Johansson-headlined action thriller Lucy takes top spot with a debut haul of £3,076,997.

Lucy was one of five new entries in the chart, with Into the Storm taking fourth place with £1,147,657, followed by Deliver Us from Evil in fifth with £628,554 and What If in sixth with £592,501. Meanwhile, the series eight premiere of Doctor Who, ‘Deep Breath’, also cracked the top ten, pulling in an impressive £522,908 on Saturday evening.

Meanwhile, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy surpassed the £20 million mark this past weekend and is still going relatively strong in third place after being on screens for the best part of a month.

Number one this time last year: Elysium »

- Gary Collinson

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Scarlett Johansson's Lucy beats The Inbetweeners 2 to top UK box office

26 August 2014 12:26 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Scarlett Johansson's Lucy has ended The Inbetweeners 2's run at the top of the UK box office.

The Luc Besson-directed action movie earned more than £3 million over the Bank Holiday weekend to secure first place ahead of the comedy sequel and Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy.

Lucy was one of five new releases to debut in the top ten this week, the others being Into the Storm, Deliver Us from Evil, What If and Doctor Who episode 'Deep Breath'.

The latter, which marked Peter Capaldi's first full outing as The Doctor, earned an impressive £522,908 from its cinema screenings. However, the total is still some way off the £1.7 million opening haul for last year's 50th anniversary special 'The Day of the Doctor'.

The UK box office top ten in full:

1. (-) Lucy - £3,076,997

2. (1) The Inbetweeners 2 - £2,366,161

3. (2) Guardians of the Galaxy - £1,259,998

4. (-) Into the Storm »

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Film Review: 'Lucy'

26 August 2014 7:41 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★★☆There's a popular myth often perpetuated in movies that humans only employ a small percentage of their brain's capacity. One of the reasons this idea endures is the following assertion that there is the potential for us to unlock untapped mental power if only we could breach the fabled 10% barrier. With just a sliver more brain power, we might be super-intelligent or have even greater capabilities. These myths form the basis of The Fifth Element (1997) director Luc Besson's latest science fiction adventure, Lucy (2014), starring the excellent Scarlett Johansson. Having taken the Us box office by storm, this undeniably silly, but raucously entertaining, off-the-wall transhumanist actioner is an absolute riot.


- CineVue UK

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Movie Review – Lucy (2014)

26 August 2014 3:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Lucy, 2014.

Directed by Luc Besson.

Starring Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman, Analeigh Tipton, Amr Waked, Choi Min-sik, and Pilou Asbæk.


When forced to partake in a drug-dealing operation across countries, student Lucy is harassed and beaten, only to have the drugs seep into her system. Chased by cops and gangsters, Lucy begins to use the deepest, darkest parts of the brain to escape and control the world around herself.

Here’s a classic example of a single high concept idea which has no right being turned into a feature length film. The fact that Lucy offers the viewer nothing new in terms of storytelling, visuals, and action might not be quite so unforgivable if the film actually had something to say about its concept, but it doesn’t, and as a result we’re left with one of the worst films of the year.

At only 89 minutes, Lucy is at »

- Gary Collinson

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Intl Box Office Update: ‘Lucy’ Crosses $100M Overseas; ‘Sin City 2′ Drops In Russia; More

25 August 2014 2:33 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

4th Update, 2:33 Pm Pt: Universal, Sony and Lionsgate have weighed in, so we have nine more titles reporting (see below for final numbers on all films).

3Rd Update, 12:45 Pm Pt: Actuals are coming in for the international weekend with Disney, Paramount, Fox and Warner Bros reporting. There were no major discrepancies, although Guardians Of The Galaxy jumped from an estimated $20.7M to $21.3M for the weekend. In the reverse, Sin City: A Dame To Kill For was less sexy than predicted in Russia with $3.35M versus an initial estimate of $4.7M. Fox is releasing there on behalf of A Company Russia. Figures have been updated for the films above as well as How To Train Your Dragon 2, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Into The Storm, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, Hercules, Transformers: Age Of Extinction, The Fault In Our Stars, Relatos Salvajes, Let’s Be Cops, »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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Luc Besson Says Lucy 2 Is Unlikely

25 August 2014 7:05 AM, PDT | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

These days, blockbusters come packaged with pre-destined sequels, whether audiences want them or not. Long before The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opened in theaters, Sony had circled dates for parts three and four. And James Gunn confirmed Guardians of the Galaxy 2 right before the first Guardians started screening. So with Lucy doing better than expected at the box office, you.d assume a sequel was in the works, right? Don.t bet the house. Luc Besson was asked about the possibility of a sequel while promoting Lucy in Taiwan. But he doused cold water on the hopes of fans when he told local media (via THR) that a continuation of the story was "unlikely." Besson said: "I don't see how we can do one. It's not made for that. If I find something good enough, maybe I will, but for now I don't even think about it." Luc Besson confirms in »

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Global Box Office: Scarlett Johansson's 'Lucy' Shoots Past $200M

24 August 2014 1:10 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Luc Besson's female-powered action film Lucy crossed the $200 million mark at the worldwide box office over the weekend, racing past the $100 million mark internationally. The movie, starring Scarlett Johansson, opened in a raft of new markets, including a $5.2 million, No. 1 launch in the U.K. and Ireland. It also opened No. 1 in Spain ($5.3 million). Lucy's North American total is now $113.8 million. Internationally, where it has 22 markets left to open, Lucy has earned $103 million. Another female property, Maleficent, also made news as it passed up X-Men: Days

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- Pamela McClintock

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'Guardians' Becomes Biggest Movie of the Summer

24 August 2014 12:44 PM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent news »

After trailing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for the past two weeks, Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy moved back in to first place this weekend.In the process, Guardians of the Galaxy passed Transformers: Age of Extinction to become the highest-grossing movie of the Summer at the domestic box office.Among the newcomers, If I Stay had a solid debut, while Sin City: A Dame to Kill For imploded.The Top 12 earned $102.5 million this weekend. That's up 14 percent from the same frame last year.Guardians of the Galaxy eased 32 percent to $17.2 million. It has now earned over $251 million, and by Friday it will pass fellow Marvel movie Captain America: The Winter Soldier ($259.8 million) to become the top grosser of the year. It also now seems likely that Guardians will end its run with over $300 million.In second place, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fell 41 percent to $16.7 million. Through 17 days, the movie has earned $145.5 million, »

- Ray Subers <>

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Second Opinion – Lucy (2014)

23 August 2014 2:08 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Lucy, 2014.

Directed by Luc Besson.

Starring Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman, Analeigh Tipton, Amr Waked, Choi Min-sik and Pilou Asbæk.


When forced to partake in a drug-dealing operation across countries, student Lucy is harassed and beaten, only to have the drugs seep into her system. Chased by cops and gangsters, Lucy begins to use the deepest, darkest parts of the brain to escape and control the world around herself.

Fast paced is a quote that studios will often attach in their marketing for one of their big summer movies. Lucy is fast paced but this is definitely to its own detriment, with it often stumbling over its plot points, with limited action and seemingly even less thought process.

Lucy starts clouded in mystery. The titular character of Lucy (Scarlett Johansson) is quickly captured by a Korean gang and coerced into becoming a mule for a new drug, having it planted in her stomach. »

- Gary Collinson

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Lucy Review

23 August 2014 1:53 AM, PDT | | See recent TheMovieBit news »

Coming from the mind that brought us Leon and The Fifth Element, Luc Besson, Lucy is yet another piece of fiction that grabs onto the myth that humans only use ten percent of their brain capacity, and tells a story of a mere human gaining extraordinary powers by accessing those unused parts of their brain. We've seen it in the likes of Limitless and Phenomenon, and the myth even forms part of the origin of the DC Comics character Deathstroke. It is pure bull cocky of the highest order, but presents unlimited narrative possibilities, so it's understandable that it still pops up in fiction from time to time. In the case of Lucy, it veers closer to trying to pass it off as science fact as opposed to science fiction, but that misstep aside, this is an exciting and visually stunning action flick, with Besson firing on all cylinders for »

- (Tom White)

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10 Biggest Movie And TV News This Week (Aug 23)

22 August 2014 11:58 PM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Welcome to the latest edition of the weekly News Brief! This column is dedicated to gathering the week’s biggest movie and TV news, and compiling them (with the occasional snarky commentary) for your reading pleasure. You’re welcome.

Overall this felt like a relatively slow week compared to what we’ve already seen throughout August, but it was all about quality over quantity this week. We may not have gotten much, but what we got was pretty great, and definitely worth talking about. On the TV side of things, we have renewals for some of the season’s hottest new and returning shows, some casting information for Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (people still watch that, right?) and a bit of news regarding a Minority Report TV series form Steven Spielberg.

On the film side of things, we have some major casting news for Andy Serki’s Jungle Book film, »

- James Garcia

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Sequel Bits: ‘Ted 2′, ‘Dead Snow 2′, ‘Mission: Impossible 5′, ‘Bond 24′, ‘Drumline 2′

22 August 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

After the jump: Patrick Warburton will return for Ted 2 Luc Besson says there won’t be a Lucy 2 See set photos from Mission: Impossible 5 Frank Miller is already plotting Sin City 3 Take a peek at the Dead Snow 2 poster Vincent D’Onofrio talks Jurassic World The Croods 2 and Puss in Boots […]

The post Sequel Bits: ‘Ted 2′, ‘Dead Snow 2′, ‘Mission: Impossible 5′, ‘Bond 24′, ‘Drumline 2′ appeared first on /Film. »

- Angie Han

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Lucy movie review: head case

22 August 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

In this pile of adolescent heavy-metal-deep pseudo-sci-fi philosophy, the meaning of humanity (or lack thereof) depends on how “cool” something looks onscreen. I’m “biast” (pro): love Scarlett Johansson

I’m “biast” (con): not generally a fan of Luc Besson

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

You know how you can tell that Luc Besson is completely full of shit — and knows it — with the adolescent heavy-metal-deep pseudo-sci-fi philosophy of Lucy? Because what it has to say about the meaning of humanity varies depending on nothing but how “cool” something looks onscreen.

When Lucy (Scarlett Johansson [Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Chef], who deserves better than this) accidentally ends up with a massive overdose of a synthetic drug meant to increase one’s “cerebral capacity” — an unself-aware riff on the myth that we dumb monkeys typically use only 10 percent of our brains — she begins to acquire preposterous superpowers, such as the »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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The Guardian Film Show: Lucy, God Help the Girl, What If and Two Days, One Night - video reviews

22 August 2014 5:44 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Catherine Shoard and Henry Barnes join Xan Brooks for our weekly round-up of the big cinema releases. This week the team watch Scarlett Johansson amp up her noggin in Luc Besson's pop science thriller Lucy; Daniel Radcliffe damp down the laughs in relationship comedy What If; the Dardennes brothers employ Marion Cotillard for Two Days, One Night, a drama about social justice in the job market; and a bunch of indie darlings warble around sunny Glasgow in Belle and Sebastian singer Stuart Murdoch's God Help the Girl

Working on a higher level than video? Listen to the audio-only version of this week's show Continue reading »

- Xan Brooks, Catherine Shoard, Henry Barnes, Richard Sprenger, Jonross Swaby and Joan Portillo

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Expendables nabs social media lead

22 August 2014 5:01 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The action sequel proved the most buzzed about film on social networks in the UK.

The Expendables 3 has proved the most buzzed about film on social networks after its first week on release in the UK, according to Way to Blue.

The action film, in which Sylvester Stallone leads an ensemble of action stars old and new, generated more than 9,500 comments from Aug 14-20, with 17% of those expressing intent to view.

Luc Besson’s Lucy, starring Scarlett Johansson, managed more than 1,700 comments in the run up to this weekend’s release, with a robust 40% expressing intent to view.

Daniel Radcliffe romcom What If also picked up nearly 1,600 comments ahead of its release, with 25% suggesting they would follow up with a visit to the cinema.

But it two future releases beat them both.

If I Stay, a tearjerker starring Chloe Grace Moretz, will not be released in the UK until Aug 29 but managed nearly 3,100 comments, of which a »

- (Michael Rosser)

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Watch: See What Happened Before 'The Conjuring' In New Trailer For Spinoff 'Annabelle'

21 August 2014 10:29 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

So, while Luc Besson can't wrack his brain to find one good idea for a "Lucy" sequel, the folks behind "The Conjuring" have their franchise gears firmly moving forward. A sequel is coming next year, but a prequel titled "Annabelle" will drop first, providing you with the crucial backstory you will need for all the jump scares. Starring Annabelle Wallis, Alfre Woodard and some other people, the movie tracks the spooky origins of that creepy doll from "The Conjuring." The plot synopsis is pretty ridiculous, but just read it for yourself:  John Form has found the perfect gift for his expectant wife, Mia—a beautiful, rare vintage doll in a pure white wedding dress. But Mia’s delight with Annabelle doesn’t last long. On one horrific night, their home is invaded by members of a satanic cult, who violently attack the couple. Spilled blood and terror are not all they leave behind. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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No "Lucy" Sequel On The Way... For Now

21 August 2014 8:29 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Studios are always keen to squeeze sequels out of success stories, and filmmaker Luc Besson and his EuropaCorp company have been as guilty of that as anyone. Films he produced like "Taken," "The Transporter" and "Taxi" have all been turned into franchises, while his own "La Femme Nikita" has spawned film and TV remakes.

Yet his most recent success story, the Scarlett Johansson-led "Lucy," won't be getting a follow-up according to him. In a recent interview with Want China Times (via The Playlist), Besson says he's open to the possibility but there are zero plans for one at the moment and he can't see how to do one:

"I don't see how we can do [a sequel]. It's not made for that. If I find something good enough, maybe I will, but for now I don't even think about it."

It does beg the question, what idea would be 'good enough' for him to move forward. »

- Garth Franklin

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Podcast #125: Luc Besson, Marion Cotillard

21 August 2014 7:48 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Not one but two people of the French persuasion come to lend the Empire Podcast a touch of class and a certain I-don't-know-what (as the French say) this week, namely Two Days, One Night's Marion Cotillard and Lucy's Luc Besson. Also here to sully proceedings is the outgoing editor of Empire, Mark Dinning, who enjoys his very own exit interview at the hands of the podcast team.Elsewhere, the potential for a Mack Bolan franchise starring Bradley Cooper is discussed, and Benedict Cumberbatch's named gets thoroughly butchered. Also, the current "Ice Bucket Challenge" trend is, um, challenged.P.S. You can check out our podcast photo gallery here and subscribe to the Empire Podcast via our iTunes page or this handy RSS feed. You can subscribe to the magazine here if you like it in paper form, or here if you prefer things digitally. And to make use of our SquareSpace sponsor offer, »

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"I Don't See How We Can Do One": Luc Besson Rules Out 'Lucy' Sequel (For Now)

21 August 2014 7:19 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

In the course of his career, Luc Besson has produced the following: two "Taken" films (with a third on the way); three "Transporter" movies, along with a TV show based on the movie, plus a feature length reboot "The Transporter Legacy" coming next year; "Nikita"; the Hollywood remake "Point Of No Return" in addition to a TV series; four "Taxi" movies; three "Arthur" see where we're going. So when he says that there's no possibility of a followup to this summer's surprise hit "Lucy," you can see why we're taking his claim with a grain of salt. The writer/director/producer says that the Scarlett Johansson-starring "Lucy" saga begins and ends with the movie that dropped this summer. ”I don't see how we can do [a sequel]. It's not made for that,” Besson told the Taiwanese press. “If I find something good enough, maybe I will, but for now »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Luc Besson isn’t up for a Lucy sequel

21 August 2014 5:32 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Luc Besson rarely does things in small doses and his latest action flick Lucy starring Scarlett Johannson as a woman who inadvertently ingests a drug that gives her extraordinary abilities isn’t an exception. It has now raked in over $170 worldwide and has become the director’s most successful opener in his native France, dismounting the 1997 futuristic hoot The Fifth Element.

Despite the success Besson is adamant that a sequel will not happen any time soon. Whilst on promotion duties in Tapei – where a large portion of the movie takes place – Besson addressed the sequel talk with local media outlets: “I don’t see how we can do one. It’s not made for that…If I find something good enough, maybe I will, but for now I don’t even think about it.”

It’s refreshing to think that in this day and age – considering the sheer abundance of »

- Gavin Logan

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