Who would cinema-going audiences rather see running around and kicking ass? Scarlett Johansson or Dwayne Johnson?
Well, it turns out that when it comes to the battle for the box office, Johansson has the upper-hand with her new sci-fi action flick, [Lucy](movie:935973) beating Johnson's [Hercules](movie:365390) on their shared opening weekend.
Lucy, which is directed by Luc Besson, made an impressive $44 million over its opening weekend, already covering its initial production budget of $40 million. Meanwhile, the Brett Ratner directed Hercules opened to the tune of $29 million.
However, box office experts have predicted this box office race could be more of a rabbit and hare situation than a straight forward sprint. Although Lucy trumped in the opening weekend, it has been slammed in some rather negative reviews, suggesting their could be major drop off from a lack of positive word of mouth. Indeed, The Atlantic's Christopher Orr said this of Lucy:
Besson has made very, very bad films in the past, but this is the first time he has presented one so idiotic that the only way to properly convey its flaws is to enumerate them.
Alternatively, despite a slow start, the star power of The Rock could help it stay at the top of the charts. Although Hercules isn't exactly wowing critics, it is doing well with a solid 62% rating on RottenTomatoes.com, while it;s been particularly noted that the film will appeal to its audience. For example Movie Talk's Jason Best reviewed:
With his combination of built-like-a-breeze block bulk and genial self-deprecating charm, Dwayne Johnson makes a perfect lead for this amiably tongue-in-cheek adventure.
With this in mind, Hercules could benefit from some more positive word of mouth. However, it will need to do some serious work if it even wants to make back its rather hefty $100 million production budget.
Which movie do you hope comes out on top?