Weekend box office: Mr. Peabody beats Need For Speed, Veronica Mars does well
This was a pretty interesting time at the weekend box office. Last week’s #2 film managed to grab the top spot, narrowly beating out NEED FOR SPEED, which did pretty well in its own right given how bad the critics bashed it. Tyler Perry continued his hot streak with TYLER PERRY’S SINGLE MOMS CLUB flirting with $10 million, which was good enough for fifth place. But maybe the most interesting movies of the weekend were films that had a limited release. Wes Anderson’s THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL broke records last week for a small release and continued its success this week, cracking the top ten despite not being on very many screens. But maybe the most interesting was the performance of the VERONICA MARS (click the link to read our review) movie, which looks to take in about $2 million, which coincidentally is about how much fans contributed on Kickstarter. Given that VERONICA MARS is a limited release, I think it’s safe to say Warner Bros. will easily make their money back and then some.
Next week sees the release of two high profile movies. First we have MUPPETS MOST WANTED, with an all new cast. When it comes down to it, the humans are interchangeable in a Muppets movie, but I still would have liked to see Jason Segel and Amy Adams returning. We also have “the next big YA adaptation” in DIVERGENT. Early predictions seem to be off the charts for the movie and it should be a good battle with the MUPPETS MOST WANTED next weekend. Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.
1. Mr. Peabody and Sherman $21.2m
2. 300: Rise of an Empire $19.1m
3. Need For Speed $17.8m
4. Non-Stop $10.6m
5. Tyler Perry’s Single Moms Club $8.3m
6. The Lego Movie $7.7m
7. Son of God $5.4m
8. The Grand Budapest Hotel $3.6m
9. Frozen $2.1m
10. Veronica Mars $2m