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'Lucy' tops 'Hercules' with $44M at box office

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  • Morgan Freeman and Scarlett Johansson star in "Lucy."

      Morgan Freeman and Scarlett Johansson star in "Lucy."
    Associated Press

Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- Luc Besson's "Lucy" proved mind can overpower muscle, topping a remake of "Hercules" by director Brett Ratner at the box office on the weekend.

According to studio estimates Sunday, the Universal Pictures-released movie starring Scarlett Johansson as an accidental psychokinetic took in $44 million in North American movie theaters over the weekend.

"Hercules," starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and produced by Paramount Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, brought down an estimated $29 million.

Universal's president of domestic distribution, Nikki Rocco, says audiences came out for the unique story and to see Johansson in a leading action role.

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