Theatrical Face-off: Lucy vs Hercules

By Rochelle Paula Carino | 2 years ago
Theatrical Face-off: Lucy vs Hercules

Storming the cinemas with each movie bearing their own version of an interesting plot, Scarlett Johansson’s “Lucy” and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s “Hercules” are off to a competitive start. The weekend has passed, and looking at the results, it would seem that Luc Besson’s revenge thriller “Lucy” overthrows the legendary story of “Hercules” by garnering $43 to $45 million against $28 to $30 million. Read on for further details.

With both movies hitting the theaters at the same time, it’s no wonder that the film about brains and the other about brute strength would turn out to experience a heck of a face off in the weekend box office. However, it would seem that brains will always have the capacity to overthrow brute strength at this time. In the recent update by Deadline, “Lucy” has made its awe-worthy jump from its standing of $17.1 million last Friday, July 25, 2014, to a trajectory of $43+ million. Universal Pictures have started to speculate that the movie could possibly hit the $45 million mark despite the fact that the movie only received a C+ Cinemascore.


Be that as it may, the movie that certainly took a heavy beating in the cinematic arena is “Hercules” as it has only gained about $28.5 million, with a promise of only reaching $30+ million. The movie is actually shown in much more expensive types of cinemas worldwide in IMAX and 3D, but even that is not enough to take the film to the top spot and beat “Lucy.”

According to Variety, “Lucy” has been on the lead even on the weekend sales at online ticket service Fandango. It has managed to surpass the gross of the late sci-fi movies such as “Oblivion,” “Elysium” and “Edge of Tomorrow.”

In the TIME report, “Lucy” has Johansson playing a woman who gains access to incredible powers as she got subsequently exposed to a powerful drug that allows her to utilize more than the average 10 percent of her brain capacity. “Hercules,” on the other hand, has Johnson play the iconic Greek demigod who saves the Romans. Comparing the two films and checking the results, looks like majority of the moviegoers prefer watching a film that gets their minds going rather than one that’s superficially action packed.

Now that Besson’s EuropaCorp $40 million movie budget has been regained, this alone is enough to make the statement that the movie is turning out to be a success. Both movies exude the different facets of strength — the connotative and the denotative. However, it appears that “Lucy,” with its connotative version, is emerging as the champion in this theatrical arena.

That’s about it for the theatrical face-off between “Lucy” and “Hercules.” Stay tuned at Movie News Guide (MNG) for recent updates in the entertainment scene.

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