You like action? Then you’re in luck! The final weekend of July brings us two very different action movies, but only one will come out on top.
Except of course that this isn’t a Marvel movie and Scarlett Johansson isn’t playing Natasha Romanoff. Oh well, just picture her with red hair and in leather and you’ll be all set. This may not be Black Widow, but at least it’s an original movie in a summer loaded with sequels.
In Director Luc Besson’s “Lucy,” Scarlett Johansson stars as woman working as a drug mule for the mob. One of the drugs she’s transporting turns her into a superhuman. and she’s now seeking revenge.
Sounds good to me, and it sounds good to many other moviegoers. “Lucy” should easily clobber her competition with around $35 million. And this is Comic-Con weekend, what perfect timing for Marvel to notice Scarlett Johansson can handle a solo film.
Also hitting screens this weekend is Paramount and MGM’s”Hercules,” which opens at 3,595 theaters this weekend. The film stars Dwayne Johnson, Ian McShane, Reece Ritchie, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Joseph Fiennes, and John Hurt. Show of hands: How many people know this is the second movie Hercules this year?
Many of you probably don’t remember “The Legend of Hercules” tanked in January with just $18.8 million. But this is Hollywood, and Hollywood hasn’t had many original ideas these past few years, so here comes another Hercules flick.
Compared to Legend, the new “Hercules” has a bigger budget, better marketing, and of course a bigger star in Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. But it also has legendary “X-Men The Last Stand” director Brett Ratner.
TNU Public Service Announcement: It is my honest opinion that all Brett Ratner movies should come with a warning.
Brett Ratner’s name will keep many fanboys away (including this one). Critics reviews have been mixed so far. As of Friday morning, “Hercules” sits at 64 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.
Paramount is expecting the movie to open in the mid-$20 million range, despite the Rock’s heavy lifting leading up to the film’s release. I’ll give him credit, because the man’s been everywhere the past few days promoting the movie. Unfortunately fo him, audiences don’t seem to care about Hercules.
I think this “Hercules” is looking at a $19 million opening weekend, which would horrible for a film costing at least $100 million. Hercules might be a legendary warrior, but he’s falling short as a movie star.
Romantic comedy “And So It Goes” hits at 1,760 locations this weekend. Directed by Rob Reiner and starring Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton, the movie should be the go-to movie for older moviegoers. But don’t expect anything over $9 million for this flick.