Top 10 movies and the weekend box office (07/27/14)Loading
  • Lucy
    1. "Lucy," $44 million.

    The Universal Pictures-released movie starring Scarlett Johansson as an accidental psychokinetic took in $44 million in North American movie theaters over the weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. "Lucy," rated R, opens internationally next week.

  • HERCULES
    2. "Hercules," $29 million ($28.7 million).

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

    Johnson's draw with men, women and children helped PG-13-rated "Hercules" power into the No. 2 spot. In addition to its domestic haul, the film brought in $28.7 million from Russia, Australia, Britain, Malaysia and other countries in Asia.

    Kerry Brown
  • Film Summer Preview
    3. "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," $16.4 million ($54.4 million).

    In its third weekend in theaters, Fox's "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" moved closer to the $200 million domestic mark with a $16.4 million take that pushed the sequel's cumulative total to $172.1 million.

    Twentieth Century Fox | AP
  • Purge: Anarchy
    4. "Purge: Anarchy," $9.9 million.

    Universal's "The Purge: Anarchy" added $9.9 million to its tally, crossing the $50 million mark in its second week.

  • PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE
    5. "Planes: Fire & Rescue," $9.3 million.

    Disney's animated "Planes: Fire & Rescue," also in its second week in release, pulled in $9.3 million to round out this week's top 5 movies.

    PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE | Disney
  • 1138130 - SEX TAPE
    6. "Sex Tape," $6 million.

    To spice up their love life, a couple of 10 years make a marathon sex tape and then scramble to erase it from existence after they accidentally send it to friends and family members. With Cameron Diaz, Jason Segel, Rob Corddry and Ellie Kemper.

    Claire Folger
  • TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION
    7. "Transformers: Age of Extinction,"$4.6 million ($37.5 million).

    "Age of Extinction" stars Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer, Nicola Peltz, a greatly expanded world of Autobots, Decepticons and Dinobots, and all the Michael Bay bombastics we've come to expect from the franchise.

    Photo credit: Andrew Cooper | Andrew Cooper
  • And So It Goes
    8. "And So It Goes," $4.6 million.

    Another film that opened in wide release over the weekend was the Rob Reiner-directed romantic comedy "And So It Goes," starring Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton, which collected an estimated $4.6 million, according to distributor Clarius Entertainment.

  • Film Review Tammy
    9. "Tammy," $3.4 million.

    The Melissa McCarthy comedy "Tammy" came in ninth with $3.4 million. Though bad reviews have dampened the response to McCarthy's latest, the relatively low-budget release has made $78.1 million for Warner Bros. in four weeks.

    Michael Tackett | Warner Bros. Pictures
  • A Most Wanted Man
    10. "A Most Wanted Man," $2.7 million.

    "A Most Wanted Man," which features the final performance of the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, grossed $2.7 million on 361 screens.

    Kerry Brown
  • Marvel's Guardians Of The Galaxy
    THE FINAL TAKE

    Despite solid performances from "Lucy" and "Hercules", the summer box office is still down by around one-fifth compared to last year, according to Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst with Rentrak.

    That's partly because one would-be huge performer, "Fast & Furious 7" was postponed from its July 11 release due to the death of actor Paul Walker, he said. This summer also lacked some other blockbuster sequels like last year's "Despicable Me 2."

    That puts a lot of pressure on "Guardians of the Galaxy," a Marvel superhero film being released in the U.S. next week, to outperform, he said.

    Even though it features lesser-known characters, including Chris Pratt as Peter Quill and Zoe Saldana as Gamora, it could still break out, Dergarabedian said.

    "Any time you have a Marvel movie in the summer, it's still a factor," he said.

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