Warner Bros.' 300: Rise of an Empire led the way this weekend with an estimated first place debut of $45 million, with $6.8 million or 15 percent of the film's total gross coming from IMAX screens. Despite the films 3-D offering, it didn't perform as well as its predecessor 300, which in 2007 had a $70.89 million start without that added benefit. The sequel, nonetheless, is off to a nice start of its own, having already passed its 110 million price tag, taking in another $87.8 million overseas, to bring its worldwide total to $132.86 million, so far. Rise of an Empire opened with $17.58 million on Friday, declined 8 percent to bring in $16.2 million on Saturday and is expected to fall 30 percent on Sunday to gross $11.28 million. 300: Rise of an Empire received a so-so "B" rating on CinemaScore.
Mr. Peabody & Sherman (Fox / DreamWorks Animation) also fared well in its debut, finishing in second place with an estimated $32.5 million. That's far off its $145 million budget, though, it too did well overseas, bringing in an additional $65.8 million for a worldwide haul of $98.3 million. The 3D computer animation brought in $8 million on Friday, increased an impressive 81 percent on Saturday to take in $14.45 million and is expected to drop 30 percent on Sunday to gross $10.1 million. Mr. Peabody & Sherman received a positive "A" rating on CinemaScore.
Following its first place debut last weekend, Universal's Non-Stop fell two spots and 47 percent this weekend to land in third place with an estimated $15.38 million. The action-thriller starring Liam Neeson has, in ten days, accumulated $52.12 million domestically. That's 21 percent ahead of the $42.98 million ten-day start of Neeson's Unknown in 2011. Internationally, the film has added another $20 million, bringing its worldwide gross to $72.12 million
Warner Bros.' The LEGO Movie finished in fourth place with an estimated $11 million. Like Non-Stop, the 3D computer animated blockbuster was down a significant 47 percent from last weekend. After 31 days, The LEGO Movie has grossed $224.97 million domestically and $135.6 million internationally, for a total of $360.57 million worldwide.
The Mark Burnett and Roma Downey-produced Son of God (20th Century Fox), rounded out this weekend's top five with an estimated $10 million. The Biblical story starring Diogo Morgado as Jesus, fell three spots and a sharp 61 percent from last weekend's second place debut. Son of God has grossed $41.5 million after ten days of release.
As far as limited releases go, Wes Anderson's ensemble comedy The Grand Budapest Hotel (Fox Searchlight) brought in $800,000 from just four locations in New York and Los Angeles. That's a terrific per-location average of $200,000, which represents the largest unadjusted per-location average ever for film launching in just four theaters.
Next weekend, will see the release of DreamWorks' video game adaptation Need for Speed and Tyler Perry's latest comedy Single Mom's Club. On the limited release front, we'll see the Jake Gyllenhaal thriller Enemy and Veronica Mars starring Kristen Bell.
|1||-||300: Rise of an Empire||$45,050,000||3,470||$45,050,000||1||Warner Bros.|
|2||-||Mr. Peabody & Sherman||$32,500,000||3,934||$32,500,000||1||Fox / DreamWorks Animation|
|4||3||The LEGO Movie||$11,005,000||3,290||$224,974,000||5||Warner Bros.|
|5||2||Son of God||$10,000,000||3,271||$41,494,000||2||20th Century Fox|
|6||5||The Monuments Men||$3,100,000||2,001||$70,602,000||5||Sony / Columbia|
|7||4||3 Days to Kill||$3,062,000||2,348||$25,556,000||3||Relativity Media|
|9||18||12 Years a Slave||$2,175,000||1,065||$53,107,000||21||Fox Searchlight|
|11||6||RoboCop||$2,000,000||1,714||$54,746,000||4||Sony / Columbia|
|12||9||About Last Night||$1,650,000||1,074||$46,498,000||4||Sony / Screen Gems|
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Source: Box Office Mojo