Scarlett Johansson starrer Lucy had a strong $43.9 million bow when it opened via Universal in North America late last month. After arriving in some overseas territories last weekend, the Luc Besson-directed film has landed in his home country of France. Besson’s EuropaCorp is handling the film here with 86,000 tickets sold in the capital on Day 1 yesterday. That sets a 2014 record for just Paris (and the suburbs). With 351,054 admissions across all of France, and a 43% market share, the sci-fi actioner gave Besson his best opening-day score for a movie he directed. The next closest film in his repertoire was 2006’s animated Arthur And The Minimoys. Lucy went out on 615 screens on Wednesday and grabbed the No. 4 slot on the chart of the year’s best opening days — ahead of Transformers: Age Of Extinction, which is now in fifth place. Lucy comes in behind How To Train Your Dragon 2 at No. 1 with 427,234 admissions on 699 screens, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes at No. 2 with 412,565 admissions on 661 screens, and Dany Boon’s Supercondriaque No. 3 with 367,153 on 836 screens. Lucy is expected to enjoy a healthy run at the French box office this weekend, where animated pic The Nut Job and comedy Neighbors are the other main new entries.
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