Sunday, May 19, 2024

Box Office: Scarlett Johansson Fans Say “I Love Lucy,” Hercules Suffers


Scarlett Johansson, nine months pregnant and unable to do any promotion, outwitted The Rock last night. Scarlett’s
fans said a definitive “I Love Lucy” to her new movie, which took in $17 million. The movie is about how to use more than 10% of your brain power. “Lucy” did just that, beating Brett Ratner’s “Hercules,” featuring The Rock aka Dwayne Johnson.

“Lucy” is heading to a $46 million weekend. “Hercules” will take a beating at $30 million. Of course, “Hercules” should do well abroad, where action speaks louder than words. It’s interesting, too, because even “Hercules” got some pretty good reviews. Maybe movie goers are just tired  of “300” and “Game of Thrones” type product. Or maybe they’re getting bunions from wearing sandals.

On the indie circuit, Woody Allen’s “Magic in the Moonlight” had a great first night. “Boyhood,” a certain Oscar nominee, continues to boom. “Begin Again” is also doing well, benefiting now from a hit soundtrack.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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