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Scarlett Johansson Poised to Kick Box-Office Butt With 'Lucy,' Her First Action-Starring Role
By Todd Cunningham
TheWrap

"Lucy," the Scarlett Johansson sci-fi action movie, is shaping up as a sleeper hit at the summer box office ahead of its July 25 opening.

Written and directed by veteran Luc Besson, Universal's "Lucy" stars Johansson as a woman forced to work as a drug mule who gains superhuman brain power and kicks considerable bad-guy butt after the drug seeps into her system. Morgan Freeman co-stars.

Tracking suggests an opening in the $40 million range, or roughly what it cost to make. The studio wasn't talking Thursday, particularly since it's opening "The Purge: Anarchy" this weekend.

Watch video: Scarlett Johansson Drives Like a Very Calm Maniac Through the Streets of Paris in 'Lucy' Clip

Johansson has appeared as the Black Widow in three Marvel movies, so she's experienced box-office success. But "Lucy" is on track to be by far the biggest opening for a movie in which she's played a lead, well ahead of 2006's "The Prestige" or 2005's "The Island."

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"Lucy" stands to benefit from Johansson's increasing action star credibility, which has gotten a big boost from her roles as the Black Widow in Marvel's "The Avengers," "Iron Man 2" and "Captain America: The Winter Soldier." Johansson's pregnancy with fiancé Romain Dauriac is drawing considerable media coverage and that isn't hurting, either.

Summer's typically a slow time for female-led movies, and "Lucy" looks like it is positioned to capitalize on that void. Universal moved the release date up from Aug. 8 to July 25 a couple of months ago.

Dwayne Johnson sword-and-sandals saga directed by Brett Ratner from Paramount that will open against it. The Michael Douglas-Diane Keaton comedy "And So It Goes" also opens on July 25.

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