weekend box office

Luc Besson's "Lucy" proved mind can overpower muscle, topping a remake of "Hercules" by director Brett Ratner at the box office on the weekend.

According to studio estimates Sunday, the Universal Pictures-released movie starring Scarlett Johansson as an accidental psychokinetic took in $44 million in North American movie theaters over the weekend.

"Hercules," starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and produced by Paramount Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, brought down an estimated $29 million.

Universal's president of domestic distribution, Nikki Rocco, says audiences came out for the unique story and to see Johansson in a leading action role.

Top 10 at the Weekend Box Office
1. "Lucy" - $44.0 M
2. "Hercules" - $29.0 M
3. "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" - $16.4 M
4. "The Purge: Anarchy" - $9.9 M
5. "Planes: Fire & Rescue" - $9.3 M
6. "Sex Tape Sony $6.0 M
7. "Transformers: Age of Extinction" - $4.6 M
8. "And So It Goes" - $4.5 M
9. "Tammy" - $3.4 M
10. "A Most Wanted Man" - $2.7 M