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Luc Besson’s sci-fi thriller ‘Lucy’ tops US box office

© Mandy Cheng, AFP | Luc Besson at a 2013 press conference in Taipei, Taiwan

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2014-07-28

French movie-maker Luc Besson’s new action-packed sci-fi thriller “Lucy” topped the US box office at the weekend, collecting $44 million in ticket sales. In the film, Scarlett Johansson plays the role of a woman who has a super-powered brain.

According to box office tracker Exhibitor Relations, the movie beat out another box office newcomer, "Hercules" which muscled its way to second place with $29 million.

Universal’s president of domestic distribution, Nikki Rocco, said audiences were attracted to the movie’s original story about the main character gaining superhuman powers by using more and more of her brain.

People also wanted to see Johansson in an action role, something she’s done more frequently in movies like “The Island” (2005), “Iron Man 2” (2010), “The Avengers” (2012) and “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” (2014).

“The main reasons for coming to see the film were the story, and then Scarlett,” Rocco said. “She’s very diversified in what she does. Luc brought out the best of her in this movie.”

One of France’s top film-makers

Besson is one of France’s most celebrated film-makers, with movies like “The Fifth Element”, “Léon: The Professional” and the “Taken"series under his belt.

He is the main stakeholder of EuropaCorp, one of France’s – and Europe’s – major film producers, which financed the making of “Lucy”.

The production company, located just outside Paris, is also responsible for France’s largest export success to date, with "Taken 2."

“Lucy,” rated R, opens internationally next week.

(FRANCE 24 with AP, AFP)

Date created : 2014-07-28

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