Originally Posted by Morpheo
It was. Quick BoxOffice Mojo check...
Lucy made 463 million worldwide, 126 in North America, for a 40 million budget. It might even be Luc Besson's most successful movie, although I'm not certain...
Well, you beat me too it. I had checked the box office totals first, before writing my previous post comparing Lucy and Ghost in the Shell.
And you are right, Lucy was Luc Beeson's most profitable film, by a large margin (not accounting for inflation).
Second for Beeson was The Fifth Element (1997) $63,820,180 domestic, $200,100,000 foreign, total, $263,920,180.
So, I watched Lucy and I watched Ghost in the Shell, and I sure didn't see why there should be such a big difference between the two in box office results, as far as what's on the screen.
That's the point I was trying to make.
Off the screen -- there were no preconceived notions about Lucy, since it was an original work.
Ghost in the Shell, being a remake, may have generated disappointment by violating some preconceived expectations that people had for it.
It's a theory.
One thing's for sure, Ghost in the Shell torpedoed the studio's expectations, based on Scarlett Johansson's presumed box office appeal, and the fact that there should be millions of fans of the original film eager to see this film.
It is well to keep in mind something that William Goldwyn once said, “Nobody knows anything ... Not one person in the entire motion picture field knows for a certainty what's going to work. Every time out it's a guess and, if you're lucky, an educated one.”