Global Box Office: Scarlett Johansson's 'Lucy' Shoots Past $200M

2:04 PM PST 08/24/2014 by Pamela McClintock
Universal

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Luc Besson's female-powered action film Lucy crossed the $200 million mark at the worldwide box office over the weekend, racing past the $100 million mark internationally.

The movie, starring Scarlett Johansson, opened in a raft of new markets, including a $5.2 million, No. 1 launch in the U.K. and Ireland. It also opened No. 1 in Spain ($5.3 million).

Lucy's North American total is now $113.8 million. Internationally, where it has 22 markets left to open, Lucy has earned $103 million.

Another female property, Maleficent, also made news as it passed up X-Men: Days of Future Past ($744.7 million) to become the No. 2 title of the year so far at the global box office. The live-action fairy tale, starring Angelina Jolie, finished the weekend with $747.6 million in total worldwide ticket sales.

Transformers: Age of Extinction remains the year's leader with $1.065 billion.

Disney and Marvel Studios' offbeat superhero tentpole Guardians of the Galaxy once again topped the weekend worldwide chart with $38.3 million as it approached the $500 million threshold. In North America, it is now the top-grossing film of the summer.

Among new offerings, Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For languished in its North American debut ($6.5 million) but nabbed a No. 1 finish in Russia with an estimated $4.5 million.

Below are the top 10 films at the global box office for the weekend of Aug. 22 through Aug. 24, according to Rentrak.

1. Guardians of the Galaxy (Disney/Marvel, 67 territories, week 4)

Global weekend: $38.3 million (total: $489.5 million)

International: $20.7 million ($237.6 million)

Domestic: $17.6 million ($251.9 million)

2. Lucy (Universal/EuropaCorp/various, 43 territory, week 5)

Global weekend: $37.5 million (total: $216.8 million)

International: $34 million ($103 million)

Domestic: $3.5 million ($113.8 million)

3. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Paramount/Nickelodeon, 36 territories, week 3)

Global weekend: $32.3 million (total: $238.8 million)

International: $15.5 million ($93.2 million)

Domestic: $16.8 million ($145.6 million)

4. The Expendables 3 (Millennium/Lionsgate/various, 32 territories, week 2)

Global weekend: $23.1 million ($65.2 million)

International: $16.5 million ($37.7 million)

Domestic: $6.6 million ($27.5 million)

5. How to Train Your Dragon 2 (Fox/DreamWorks Animation, 28 territories, week 8)

Global weekend: $18.7 million (total: $574.5 million)

International: $18.2 million ($402.4 million)

Domestic: $510K  ($172.1 million)

6. If I Stay (Warner Bros./New Line, 1 territories, week 1)

Global weekend: $16.4 million 

Domestic: $16.4 million

7. The Four 3 (China/various, 2 territories, week 1)

Global weekend: $15.1 million

International: $15.1 million

8. Let's Be Cops (Fox, 13 territories, week 2)

Global weekend: $12.3 million (total: $47.6 million)

International: $1.3 million ($2.4 million)

Domestic: $11 million ($45.2 million)

9. Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (TWC/various, 4 territories, week 1)

Global weekend: $11.3 million

International: $4.9 million

Domestic: $6.5 million

10. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (Fox, 42 territories, week 7)

Global weekend: $9.6 million (total: $557 million)

International: $8.5 million ($353 million)

Domestic: $1.1 million ($204 million)

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