“300: Rise of an Empire” Flexes Its Way to The Top; “Mr. Peabody” Whimpers With $32 Million

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300: Rise of an Empire surprisingly topped the weekend. Now, to most of you, this might not come as much a surprise because it’s predessecor was highly successful back in 2006. However, I was just unsure how many people would actually show up to watch this one. The marketing push for this was huge, and it apparently paid off, as Rise of an Empire grossed around $45 million in its first three days.

Now, compared to the first film ($70.8 million), that opening looks weak, but it did great compared to other similar March tentpoles such as G.I. Joe: Retaliation ($40.5) and 10,000 B.C. ($35.9 million). And when you add to the fact that this sequel should have been released five years ago, this result is impressive. The film’s weak “B” Cinemascore might hurt it’s legs, but if it follows similar drops that the first one did, it should end up around $110 million when it’s all said and done.

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In second place, Mr. Peabody and Sherman became another dissapointment for Dreamworks Animation with a total of $32.5 million this weekend. With a huge budget of $145 million, you know Dreamworks must be shaking their heads right now thinking why they thought it was a good idea to make this a movie.

Kids don’t know about the characters and only parents do, but with LEGO Movie and Frozen making bank the past few months, I doubt many parents wanted to spend even more money on a kids film. I’m getting worried about how the upcoming Muppets movie will end up doing. Oh, and Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel grossed $800,000 in only four theaters. Not too shabby. Personally, I can’t wait to see it this next weekend.

NEED FOR SPEED

As for next week, the big question on many people’s minds is whether or not Need for Speed will make a splash at thebox office. Having seen it, I can say that it tries way too hard to be cool and hip, but I personally can’t see it doing more than $30 million. I think mid-20’s is a good bet for the film. That might seem a little low, but video-game adaptations usually don’t gross much at the box office (only one them has grossed above $100 million) and due to the fact that the movie isn’t very good.

Here’s the top 10 for the weekend:

1. 300: Rise of an Empire (Warner Bros.) – $45.0 million
From 3,740 THEATERS ($12,968 AVG.) / $110 MILLION BUDGET / 43% RT

2. Mr. Peabody & Sherman (DreamWorks Pictures) – $32.5 million
FROM 3,934 THEATERS ($8,261 AVG.) / $145 MILLION BUDGET / 77% RT

3. Non-Stop (Universal Pictures) – $15.3 million ($52.1m cume)
FROM 3,113 THEATERS ($4,915 AVG.) / $50 MILLION BUDGET / 60% RT

4. The Lego Movie (Warner Bros.) – $11 million ($224.9m cume)
FROM 3,290 THEATERS ($3,343 AVG.) / $60 MILLION BUDGET / 96% RT

5. Son of God (20th Century Fox) – $9.5 million ($41.0m cume)
FROM 3,271 THEATERS ($2,904 AVG.) / BUDGET N/A / 23% RT

6. The Monuments Men (20th Century Fox, Columbia Pictures) – $3.1 million ($70.6m cume)
FROM 2,001 THEATERS ($1,549 AVG.) / $70 MILLION BUDGET / 34% RT

7. 3 Days to Kill (Relativity Media) – $3 million ($25.5m cume)
FROM 2,348 THEATERS ($1,278 AVG.) / $28 MILLION BUDGET / 31% RT

8. Frozen (Walt Disney Pictures) – $3 million ($393.0m cume)
FROM 1,660 THEATERS ($1,807 AVG.) / $150 MILLION BUDGET / 89% RT

9. 12 Years a Slave (Fox Searchlight Pictures) – $2.4 million ($53.3m cume)
FROM 1,065 THEATERS ($2,254 AVG.) / $20 MILLION BUDGET / 96% RT

10. Ride Along (Universal Pictures) – $2 million ($129.9m cume)
FROM 1,323 THEATERS ($1,512 AVG.) / $25 MILLION BUDGET / 17% RT

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