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Movie Roundup: Sci-Fi Thriller ‘Lucy’ Tops ‘Hercules’ at Weekend Box Office

Scarlett Johansson in Lucy beat out Dwayne Johnson, a.k.a The Rock in Hercules at the weekend box office.

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New release, ‘Lucy,’ with Scarlett Johansson came out the winner at the weekend box office. The sci-fi thriller took in $44 million, beating out ‘Hercules’ with only $29 million.

‘Lucy’ is about a woman who gains extraordinary brainpower after a drug implanted in her body seeps into her system. The film’s success is supported by Scarlett Johansson taking the lead role.

‘Hercules,’ starring Dwayne Johnson, a.k.a. The Rock, fared well considering it bumped ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ to third place at the weekend box office after two straight weeks of running on top.

Other new release ‘And So It Goes,’ a romantic comedy with Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton brought in $4.6 million over the weekend, putting it in eighth place at the weekend box office.

Overall the numbers at the box office continue to remain low when compared to last year. Though the month of August has a number of new releases to entice people to get back out to the movie theaters.

New Movie Releases This Week: August 1, 2014

For those looking for a sci-fi, action, and adventure flick:

  • Guardians of the Galaxy (PG-13)
    Cast: Chris Pratt, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana
    Deep in space, American pilot Peter Quill finds himself the object of a manhunt after stealing an orb coveted by the villainous Ronan.

For those who enjoy biography documentaries:

  • Get on Up (PG-13)
    Cast: Chadwick Boseman, Nelsan Ellis, Dan Aykroyd, Viola Davis
    This film offers a chronicle of James Brown’s rise from extreme poverty to becoming one of the most influential musicians in history.

Come back each week for the latest information on new movie releases and upcoming releases at the theaters! To check out all movie flicks playing at Long Island theaters, visit LongIsland.com’s Movie Times!

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