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North American box office loves 'Lucy'

WASHINGTON -- Director Luc Besson's action sci-fi thriller “Lucy,” about a woman turned superhuman by using 100 percent of her brain, debuted at the top of the North American box office, estimates showed Sunday.

In its first weekend out, the film whose title role is played by Scarlett Johansson, earned US$44 million in ticket sales according to box office tracker Exhibitor Relations.

It beat out another box office newcomer, “Hercules” which muscled its way to second place with US$29 million.

Behind was “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” based on the Pierre Boulle sci-fi tale of humans and chimps clashing to survive, which brought in US$16.4 million and fell to third place in its third week out.

Horror-thriller sequel “The Purge: Anarchy” scared up US$9.9 million, landing it in fourth.

Meanwhile “Planes: Fire & Rescue,” the Disney computer-animated tale of talking aircraft working to fight blazes and help save a national park, raked in US$9.3 million landing it in fifth.

In sixth place with US$6 million was comedy “Sex Tape,” starring Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel as two parents trying to keep their homemade sex tape from finding its way onto the Internet.

And summer blockbuster “Transformers: Age of Extinction” made US$4.6 million in ticket sales, landing it in seventh place, down two spots from last week. It has earned US$236.4 million during its five-week run in theaters.

“And So it Goes,” starring Michael Douglas as a self-centered realtor whose life is interrupted by a granddaughter he never knew he had, and which features Diane Keaton as his neighbor, landed in eighth with US$4.6 million.

Sliding into ninth was comic romp “Tammy,” starring Melissa McCarthy, whose road trip with her alcoholic grandmother, played by Susan Sarandon, brought in US$3.4 million.

And rounding out the box office top 10 with US$2.7 million was “A Most Wanted Man,” the story of a Chechen Muslim who lands in Germany and becomes embroiled in the war on terror. It features Philip Seymour Hoffman in one of his last performances.

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