Hollywood’s newest action hero squared off against one of its oldest, and young upstarts ruled the weekend.

Lucy, Scarlett Johansson‘s sci-fi thriller, easily conquered Dwayne Johnson‘s swords-and-sandals epic Hercules at the box office, though both performed well for late July films.

“Lucy” pulled in $44 million at the box office, with Johnson’s “Hercules” bringing in $29 million.  Both films out performed estimates.

Hercules could enjoy strong word of mouth in the coming weeks: It earned a 63% approval rating from critics, and a B-plus from moviegoers.

Read the complete article at USA Today.com.

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