In 2014, the filmmaker Luc Besson decided to embark on an unprecedented challenge: the production of “Lucy”. Worn by Scarlett Johansson, the feature film is still the biggest success for a French film around the world.
Lucy : Luc Besson plays it American style
Lucy is far from being the first film of Luc Besson in English language. Indeed, in the past, the latter has already staged Leon, The fifth Element or Malavita. Corn Lucy is a bit of an exception. Because in 2014, when the feature film was released, this project is undoubtedly the biggest challenge of his career. Carried by Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman and Min-sik Choi, the story tells the fate of Lucy, a woman who will find a way to use the full potential of her brain. Through this, she will become extremely intelligent and unlock completely new and practically supernatural abilities.
This is the exit from Avatar in 2010 which prompted Luc Besson to embark on the production of Lucy. When the footage was released, he confided never have used so many special effects during his career:
When I made The Fifth Element, I had technological tools that were a bit outdated already. With the advent of digital, it’s amazing what we can do. You can imagine anything, there will always be technicians to follow you in your delirium.
The biggest box office success for a French film
Produced by EuropaCorp, Luc Besson’s company, Lucy can boast, even today, to hold an unprecedented and prestigious record. Indeed, the feature film is, still today, the highest-scoring French film of all time. With its $ 459 million in revenue worldwide, Lucy is therefore the biggest success of French cinema at the international box office. Helped by the presence of Scarlett Johansson, Lucy engendered 5 million admissions in France, got off to an excellent start in the United States and, above all, led to more than 6 million admissions in China in just 10 days, with more than $ 20 million in revenue from the first weekend of operation.
Thereby, Lucy remains at the top of the ranking of best results for a French film at the box office. The work is closely followed by Untouchables, which accounts for more than $ 426 million in box office revenue. The podium closes with Taken 2 and his $ 376 million in revenue worldwide. Luc Besson and EuropaCorp can boast of having 6 films out of 10 in this top.
- Lucy (459 million dollars in revenue)
- Untouchables (426 million dollars in revenue)
- Taken 2 (376 million dollars in revenue)
- Taken 3 (326 million dollars in revenue)
- The fifth Element (264 million dollars in revenue)
- Welcome to the Ch’tis (245 million dollars in revenue)
- Taken (227 million dollars in revenue)
- Valérian and the City of a Thousand Planets (226 million dollars in revenue)
- What did we do to the good god? (176 million dollars in revenue)
- The fabulous destiny of Amelie Poulain (174 million dollars in revenue)