Weekend box office: 300: Rise of an Empire and Mr. Peabody do well

Weekend box office 300 Rise of an Empire

Well, I didn’t see this coming.  I figured 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE would do okay since it’s riding the wave of good memories from its predecessor, but I never would have guessed it would pull in more than $40 million at the weekend box office.  Apparently audiences just really like the idea of shirtless guys killing each other in slow motion.  I’m also surprised that the animated MR. PEABODY AND SHERMAN is pushing $30 million.  I had never heard of the animated series before it was a movie, but it seems there are plenty of people out there that were excited about the full length feature.  Last week’s #2 film, SON OF GOD dropped dramatically in its second week.  I guess people realized it was just a short edit of the Bible miniseries that aired several months ago.

Next week sees the release of NEED FOR SPEED, featuring the first leading role for Aaron Paul from ‘Breaking Bad’.  If 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE can make $40 million as a guilty pleasure, then there’s hope for NEED FOR SPEED.  We also get the much anticipated release of the VERONICA MARS movie.  I’ll be interested to see how well it does since it’s hitting VOD the same day and then gets released on Blu-ray in about a month.  I’m sure some outlets will label it a failure if it doesn’t have an impressive box office number, but that really won’t tell the whole story given its release strategy.  Either way, I expect NEED FOR SPEED to take the top spot next week.  Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.

1. 300: Rise of an Empire $45m

2. Mr. Peabody and Sherman $32.5m

3. Non-Stop $15.4m

4. The Lego Movie $11m

5. Son of God $10m

6. Monuments Men $3.1m

7. 3 Days To Kill $3m

8. Frozen $3m

9. 12 Years a Slave $2.2m

10. Ride Along $2m

(Deadline)

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