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'Lucy' thrills at North American box office

Published on Jul 29, 2014 5:58 AM
 

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Director Luc Besson's sci-fi thriller Lucy, about a woman turned superhuman by using 100 per cent of her brain, debuted at the top of the North American box office, industry figures showed on Monday.

The film - starring Scarlett Johansson in the title role - raked in US$43.9 million (S$54.5 million), box office tracker Exhibitor Relations said.

It beat out another newcomer, big budget action flick Hercules starring Dwayne "the Rock" Johnson, which muscled its way to second place with US$29.8 million.

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, the latest installment in the sci-fi series about humans and chimps clashing to survive, brought in US$16.8 million, dropping to third place in its third week out.

Actress Scarlett Johansson arrives at the UK premiere of "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" in London in a March 20, 2014 file photo. Director Luc Besson's sci-fi thriller Lucy, about a woman turned superhuman by using 100 per cent of her brain, debuted at the top of the North American box office, industry figures showed on Monday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
 
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