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The debuting action flicks took tops at the box office in terms of earnings this past weekend, but it’s not due to either one of them being a GOOD movie. LUCY took the top spot, pulling in $43.9 M, followed not-so-closely by HERCULES, which fell far short with only $29.8 M in receipts. The critics didn’t give either of them glowing reviews, as you’ll see below. Even worse were the reviews for AND SO IT GOES, which didn’t earn a single rating at (or above) the 50% mark. Philip Seymour Hoffman’s final flick, A MOST WANTED MAN, got the best reviews of any debuting film, but its average score isn’t what I expected from the previews. Woody Allen’s MAGIC IN THE MOONLIGHT got a mix of reviews as well, primarily centered around the “average” mark, but it only opened in 17 theaters so its earnings overall were not good enough to put it in the Top 20.

Each week our cousin site HALF POPPED REVIEWS collects reviews and ratings from critics to let you know how films fared at the movie theater box office. Here’s the list of movies that hit the theater this past weekend:

A MOST WANTED MAN

Brief Synopsis: “When a half-Chechen, half-Russian, tortured half-to-death immigrant turns up in Hamburg’s Islamic community, laying claim to his father’s ill gotten fortune, both German and US security agencies take a close interest: as the clock ticks down and the stakes rise, the race is on to establish this most wanted man’s true identity – oppressed victim or destruction-bent extremist?”

Overall Rating Rank from 2014
73.33% 28

Cast: Rachel McAdams – Willem Dafoe – Philip Seymour Hoffman –Robin Wright – Grigoriy Dobrygin – Daniel Brühl – Nina Hoss –Directed by: Anton Corbijn.

RATING BREAKDOWN (THE MIXED BAG)

Buttery 33.33%
Regular 0%
Half-Popped 66.67%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%

 

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MAGIC IN THE MOONLIGHT

Brief Synopsis: “A romantic comedy about an Englishman brought in to help unmask a possible swindle. Personal and professional complications ensue.”

Overall Rating Rank from 2014
65.25% 38

Cast: Emma Stone – Colin Firth – Marcia Gay Harden – Hamish Linklater – Jacki Weaver – Eileen Atkins – Simon McBurney – Erica Leerhsen – Jeremy Shamos – Ute Lemper – Antonia Clarke – Kenneth Edelson – Jessica Forde – Directed by: Woody Allen.

RATING BREAKDOWN (THE MIXED BAG)

Buttery 0%
Regular 25%
Half-Popped 75%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%

 

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LUCY

Brief Synopsis: “A drug mule accidentally swallows her cargo and finds she now has superpowers.”

Overall Rating Rank from 2014
55.9% 57

Cast: Scarlett Johansson – Analeigh Tipton – Morgan Freeman – Amr Waked – Choi Min-sik – Directed by: Luc Besson.

RATING BREAKDOWN (THE MIXED BAG)

Buttery 0%
Regular 20%
Half-Popped 80%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%

 

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HERCULES

Brief Synopsis: “Fourteen hundred years ago, a tormented soul walked the earth that was neither man nor god. Hercules was the powerful son of the god king Zeus, for this he received nothing but suffering his entire life. After twelve arduous labors and the loss of his family, this dark, world-weary soul turned his back on the gods finding his only solace in bloody battle. Over the years he warmed to the company of six similar souls, their only bond being their love of fighting and presence of death. These men and woman never question where they go to fight or why or whom, just how much they will be paid. Now the King of Thrace has hired these mercenaries to train his men to become the greatest army of all time. It is time for this bunch of lost souls to finally have their eyes opened to how far they have fallen when they must train an army to become as ruthless and blood thirsty as their reputation has become.”

Overall Rating Rank from 2014
51.29% 67

Cast: Dwayne Johnson – John Hurt – Ian McShane – Rufus Sewell –Joseph Fiennes – Aksel Hennie – Rebecca Ferguson – Irina Shayk –Ingrid Bolsø Berdal – Tobias Santelmann – Reece Ritchie – Directed by: Brett Ratner.

RATING BREAKDOWN (THE MIXED BAG)

Buttery 0%
Regular 42.86%
Half-Popped 28.57%
Stale 0%
Burnt 28.57%

 

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AND SO IT GOES

Brief Synopsis: “A self-centered realtor enlists the help of his neighbor when he’s suddenly left in charge of the granddaughter he never knew existed until his estranged son drops her off at his home.”

Overall Rating Rank from 2014
35.33% 92

Cast: Michael Douglas – Diane Keaton – Sterling Jerins – Paloma Guzmán – Frances Sternhagen – Frankie Valli – Paloma Guzmán –Andy Karl – Mina Mirkhah – Meryl Williams – David Aaron Baker –Theo Stockman – Sawyer Tanner Simpkins – Directed by: Rob Reiner.

RATING BREAKDOWN (THE MIXED BAG)

Buttery 0%
Regular 0%
Half-Popped 66.67%
Stale 0%
Burnt 33.33%

 

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Of the movies which have been in the theater more than just one weekend, here are some of the top options in terms of films which either made a lot of money, are highly rated, or both:

Movie Avg Buttery Regular Half-Popped Stale Burnt
Boyhood 91.58 92.31% 0% 7.69% 0% 0%
Life Itself 91.33 66.67% 33.33% 0% 0% 0%
X-Men: Days of Future Past 90.06 77.78% 22.22% 0% 0% 0%
Snowpiercer 87.57 71.43% 28.57% 0% 0% 0%
How to Train Your Dragon 2 87.45 63.64% 36.36% 0% 0% 0%
Edge of Tomorrow 83.93 42.86% 57.14% 0% 0% 0%
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes 82.13 50% 33.33% 16.67% 0% 0%
Alive Inside 80 0% 100% 0% 0% 0%
Begin Again 77.86 14.29% 71.43% 14.29% 0% 0%
22 Jump Street 75.75 33.33% 58.33% 8.33% 0% 0%
The Fault in Our Stars 75.55 18.18% 63.64% 18.18% 0% 0%
Cold in July 74.2 20% 60% 20% 0% 0%
Earth to Echo 74 0% 75% 25% 0% 0%
Godzilla 74 22.73% 45.45% 27.27% 4.55% 0%
Filth 73.17 16.67% 50% 33.33% 0% 0%
Obvious Child 71.4 20% 40% 40% 0% 0%
Amazing Spider-Man 2, The 70.59 11.11% 55.56% 29.63% 3.7% 0%
Neighbors 66.13 25% 31.25% 37.5% 0% 6.25%
The Purge: Anarchy 62.6 0% 40% 60% 0% 0%
Deliver Us from Evil 61.67 0% 33.33% 66.67% 0% 0%
Night Moves 61.33 33.33% 33.33% 0% 0% 33.33%
Million Dollar Arm 59.43 14.29% 28.57% 42.86% 14.29% 0%
Think Like a Man Too 55.2 0% 20% 80% 0% 0%
Jersey Boys 52.5 0% 25% 50% 0% 25%
Transformers: Age of Extinction 52.5 0% 33.33% 41.67% 8.33% 16.67%
Maleficent 49.75 0% 16.67% 66.67% 8.33% 8.33%
Wish I Was Here 47.8 0% 0% 80% 20% 0%
A Million Ways to Die in the West 42.1 0% 20% 50% 10% 20%
Blended 33.64 0% 9.09% 36.36% 9.09% 45.45%
Sex Tape 31.5 0% 0% 50% 0% 50%
Planes: Fire & Rescue 27.3 0% 0% 50% 0% 50%
Tammy 26.75 0% 0% 25% 12.5% 62.5%
A Long Way Down 20 0% 0% 0% 0% 100%

For all other films at the box office, be sure to check out the entire box office slate!


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