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New 'Dumb and Dumber To' posters spoof 'Lucy'

If most people only use 10 percent of their brains, then Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne must use a maximum of 1 percent. At least, that’s the idea behind the newest posters for Dumb and Dumber To.

Dumb and Dumber To stars Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels took to Twitter to reveal two new posters for the film, which showcase a marketing campaign that might look familiar. The tagline reads, “The average person uses 10% of their brain capacity. Imagine what he could do with 1%.”

If the guys’ colorful eyes didn’t tip you off, you’ll probably recognize that line from this summer’s Lucy: The tagline for the Scarlett Johansson film read, “The average person uses 10% of their brain capacity. Imagine what she could do with 100%.”

Check out the posters below:

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Box office report: 'Guardians of the Galaxy' scores a record-breaking $94 million weekend

Marvel’s got a new star (or five) in its roster: Guardians of the Galaxy launched to an estimated $94 million this weekend in 4,080 theaters, setting a new record for an August debut. (The previous winner was 2007′s The Bourne Ultimatum, with $69.3 million.) That’s the third biggest opening of 2014 so far, behind Transformers: Age of Extinction ($100 million) and Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier ($95 million). It’s also the seventh best opening in history for a non-sequel (or sixth if you count Marvel’s The Avengers as a mega-sequel), outpacing other superhero series debuts such as 2011′s Thor ($65.7 million) and 2011′s Captain America: The First Avenger ($65.1 million). One more fun stat: Guardians is Marvel’s ninth (!) consecutive No. 1 movie, a streak that reaches back to Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2012), which debuted at No. 3. READ FULL STORY

Box office report: 'Lucy' slays 'Hercules' with $44 million debut

Hercules‘s muscles were no match for Lucy‘s drug-enhanced brain at the box office this weekend. Audiences turned out in earnest to see the Scarlett Johansson thriller, which earned an expectation-shattering $44 million from 3,173 theaters in its first weekend.

Not only is it director Luc Besson’s biggest opening, Lucy is also a career high for Scarlett Johansson as a lead. Audiences for the original feature were evenly split between genders, 35 percent were under the age of 25, and 29 percent were Hispanic. But even though the EuropaCorp-produced, Universal-distributed project appealed to a wide demographic swath, those who did see the R-rated action film were a little less kind in the exit polls, slapping Lucy with a poor C+ Cinema Score.

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Box-office update: 'Lucy' defeats 'Hercules' with $17.1 million Friday

Dwayne Johnson’s brawn was no match for Scarlett Johansson’s brain at the box office on Friday, as Johansson’s new action film Lucy took the top spot. With an estimated $17.1 million on Friday, Lucy may bring an unexpected boost to this year’s weak July box office and is now on track to pass its estimated $35 million opening, further cementing Johansson’s star power.

Though he definitely has a lot of power in his own way, Dwayne Johnson didn’t have enough strength as Hercules at the box office; Brett Ratner‘s poorly reviewed adaptation of Steve Moore’s 2008 graphic novel took in just $11 million on its first day out. However, the film started off strong internationally in 19 markets and still may do better than originally projected. Lucy won’t open internationally until next week.

The rest of the top five were all holdover summer sequels from previous weeks. Still monkeying around on 3000+ screens, last week’s top earner Dawn of the Planet of the Apes took the third place spot with an additional $4.7 million on Friday in its third week of release. The second film in the remade franchise is on track to cross the $170 million mark by the end of the weekend.

The Purge: Anarchy was still able to convince moviegoers to get their scare on with an estimated $3.4 million on Friday. However, the horror sequel is on track to see a 65-percent decline in sales for its second weekend in theaters.

And it looks like most parents and kids stayed home on Friday night, as Disney’s Planes: Fire and Rescue rounded out the top five with just $2.8 million on Friday. Also in its second week of release, the animated film will be aiming toward a $30 million domestic total this weekend.

Here’s the top five:

1. Lucy$17.1 million Friday (new)
2. Hercules - $11 million Friday (new)
3. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – $4.7 million Friday ($160.4M domestic total)
4The Purge: Anarchy — $3.4 million Friday ($44.8 million domestic total)
5.  Planes: Fire & Rescue – $2.8 million Friday ($28.58 million domestic total)

Check back in tomorrow for the full weekend report.

Critical Mass: The drug-fueled mayhem of 'Lucy' has a buzz

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Luc Besson loves his lady warriors. Beginning with the original La Femme Nikita, and then in action movies like The Professional, The Fifth Element, and The Messenger, he’s introduced his own brand of memorable action heroines. Scarlett Johansson’s Lucy might be the most hardcore of the bunch. She goes from party girl to super-evolved sorceress when the experimental drug an Asian gangster has smuggled in her body spills into her bloodstream, raising her brain activity to 100 percent capacity. “Lucy is a thinly drawn character, just someone who needs to survive,” writes EW‘s Jeff Labrecque. “But Johansson vividly conveys the initial terror of her dire circumstances before shifting into the calculating, almost robotic mode of an alien being flicking away mere mortals.”

Only one person might be able to help Lucy before she’s fried by the drug’s intellectual fuse. No, not God, but close: Morgan Freeman. The Oscar-winning actor plays the world’s top neuroscientist, and even if Lucy’s mushrooming intelligence dwarfs his own, he at least will be able to help audiences understand just what the heck is going on onscreen.

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Box office preview: 'Lucy' aims to dominate 'Hercules'

Hercules might be a legendary warrior, but Lucy‘s brain capacity will likely prove too formidable a foe for the Greek demigod at the box office. The Scarlett Johansson-led action film looks poised to ravage Dwayne Johnson’s sword-and-sandals epic as both debut on 3,000+ screens this weekend.

Rob Reiner’s And So It Goes, starring Diane Keaton and Michael Douglas also opens in 1,800 theaters, which could possibly break the top five with $8 million, closing out a quiet and struggling July at the box office before Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy arrives next weekend.

Here’s how things might play out.

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Video: Get your questions ready for Scarlett Johansson in 'Lucy'

We’ve already seen some of Scarlett Johansson’s ass-kicking abilities on display in the trailer for Luc Besson’s Lucy, but now we’ve discovered that she can see through phone lines—or at least knows exactly where police detectives like to sit in their offices. In this exclusive clip, watch Lucy begin to lay a plan for her revenge against the smugglers who first made her into a drug mule.

And if that isn’t enough action for you, get ready to hear some answers from Lucy herself. Tweet with #askLUCY and @EW today to send your questions to Scarlett Johansson herself, and we’ll be sharing answers on Thursday.

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Scarlett Johansson becomes superpowered in new 'Lucy' trailer

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EW gave you your first look at Scarlett Johansson in Lucy. Now, you can see the just released trailer for Luc Besson’s action thriller, which stars Johansson as a young woman who gains superpowers after a drug smuggling attempt gone wrong. And when we say superpowered, we’re not just talking increased strength and speed.

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Casting Net: Dustin Hoffman joins Lance Armstrong biopic, more

• Dustin Hoffman will appear in director Stephen Frears‘ Lance Armstrong biopic. The still-untitled project stars Ben Foster (Lone Survivor) as the disgraced cyclist. Breaking Bad‘s Jesse Plemons, Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids), and Lee Pace (The Hobbit) also star. The movie is currently shooting in Europe, and Hoffman is set to join when the production moves back to the U.S. The two-time Oscar winner recently wrapped work on Jon Favreau’s Chef (out May 9) with Robert Downey Jr. and is currently filming The Cobbler with Adam Sander. [THR]
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Casting Net: Russell Crowe in talks to direct and star in post-WWI pic; Plus, Alison Brie's inter-dimensional romantic comedy, more

• Russell Crowe (Man of Steel) is in talks to direct and star in The Water Diviner, a 1919-set film about an Australian man searching for his sons in Turkey following the Battle of Gallipoli — the Allied attempt, and failure, to capture the Ottoman capital. The Oscar winner’s next projects include Akiva Goldsman’s Winter’s Tale, and Darren Aronofsky’s Noah. [Deadline]

• The Salma Hayek-produced animated feature, The Prophet, has lined up a pretty outstanding voice cast that includes Liam Neeson, John KrasinskiQuvenzhané Wallis, Frank Langella, and Alfred Molina. Roger Allers (The Lion King) wrote the script based on Khalil Girbran’s 1923 book, and will direct the narrative, with a number of international directors lending their hands to direct “chapters” based on Girban’s 26 essays. Hayek also voices a character. [Deadline]

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