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Hercules Left To Scream: "Luuu-cy!!!" - Week 13

Transformers: Age of Extinction
X-Men: Days of Future Past
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Not since Lucy Lawless stole Kevin Sorbo's thunder has a Lucy so thoroughly dismissed a Hercules. In hindsight, it made perfect since. Lawless basically played the 90's version of Wonder Women as Xena: Warrior Princess and Kevin Sorbo's Hercules played the 90's version of BJ and the Bear. Similar to Wonder Women having the super cute Debra Winger as Wonder Girl, Xena had someone who looked like Helen Hunt's younger sister as her sidekick. Hercules' little buddy was, basically, The Bear. This was a TKO from the get-go.

Lucy finally broke out of her brother Linus' shadow by having a mighty $43.9 million debut. Clearly this was the largest opening ever for a film with Scarlett Johansson as the lead. Her time in The Avengers and other Marvel films has been like being in the Jackson 5 with her own films being about as successful as Jermaine Jackson's Let Me Tickle Your Fancy. Angelina Jolie's kind of held the title as being the only woman who can open an action movie and yet Lucy's start tops Angie's turn in Salt ($36 million opening). Marvel's been playing it cool about making a Black Widow solo movie, though a performance like this can only make them more likely to pull the trigger.

Hercules may still be the strongest man in the world, but he was sure beat to the punch by Lucy. Herc's $29.8 million start shouldn't be anything to be ashamed about though. The last time The Rock was the main attraction in an action movie the result was the slow-mo Faster which didn't even finish with $29 million. Coincidentally, The Rock's biggest opening was still his first with The Scorpion King's $36.1 million in 2002. Hercules certainly felt like it was right back to that same wheelhouse 12 years later and yet it made even less. Maybe instead of coming home it smelled like The Rock was cooking leftovers.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes dropped to third this week with a 54% decline and $16.8 million and now in the jungle, the mighty jungle, the lion sleeps with $172 million. Can hundreds of simians overpower the King of All Monsters for the #5 spot on our Top Five? Fox is going to keep turning that monkey grinder until it does.

Last week's new flicks all dropped enough to cement their non-essentialness for this pool. The Purge: Anarchy was contained, Sex Tape was erased, and Planes: Fire & Rescue look like it may have rescued us from having another Planes film next summer. One last thing on Sex Tape, it could've done a lot worse. Just imagine if Whoopi Goldberg and Ted Danson had made this instead of Made In America in the 90's. People would've been taking hot pokers to their eyes!

As to the Top Five, there is finally a new sheriff in town and he's more than meets the eye. Transformers: Age of Extinction has taken over the #1 spot with $236.5 million. It may be the worst performing Transformers movie ever, but in a summer like 2014, even Crystal Pepsi is good enough to be a hit. Maleficent has moved beyond X-Men: Days of Future Past as well, shaking-up our top three completely. Can the Apes crash the party? Does Marvel have one more marvelous franchise in them? And why am I going to go see Expendables 3 when I know I'd have a better time watching all of those actor's actually good films than this mush pot of mediocrity?

The Top Five If Today Was Labor Day:
#1. Transformers: Age of Extinction - $236.5 million
#2. Maleficent - $232.2 million
#3. X-Men: Days of Future Past - $231.3 million
#4. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 - $202.4 million
#5. Godzilla - $199.7 million

by Matt Neuenburg on 07/28/2014

Movies Mentioned in this Post: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Godzilla, Hercules, Lucy, Maleficent, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Transformers: Age of Extinction, X-Men: Days of Future Past
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