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411 Box Office Report: 300: Rise of an Empire Stakes Claim to #1
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 03.09.2014

Here's a complete non-shocker: there's still an audience for hyper-stylized action in the movies. 300: Rise of an Empire powered its way to #1 at the box office this weekend with an impressive $45.1 million in its opening weekend. The 300 follow-up opened ahead of the high thirty million range that Warner Bros. was anticipating. The film is opening quite a bit below the $70.9 million that the first film opened at in 2007, but the long delay and the lower profile of star Sullivan Stapleton over Gerard Butler both came into play there. The film averaged $12,983 from the 3,470 theaters that it opened in and added an outstanding $87.8 million overseas for a total first weekend of $132.9 million worldwide. While mixed reviews and a B CinemaScore won't help successive weeks enormously and it will be a front-loaded film, the movie is set to be a hefty box office hit even considering its $100 million price tag.

Coming in at #2 was Mr. Peabody & Sherman. The DreamWorks Animation animated film opened with $32.5 million, which is okay but not quite the mid-thirties that the studio was hoping for. The film averaged $8,261 from 3,934 theaters and ranks in the lower tier of DreamWorks Animation openings, just ahead of Rise of the Guardians in 2012 but behind 2011's Puss in Boots. The film will be helped by the positive word of mouth indicated by the A CinemaScore and good reviews, not to mention the pattern of family films having long shelf lives at the box office. The film added $39.5 million overseas for a worldwide first-weekend total of $72 million from a $145 million budget.

Coming in at #3 was Liam Neeson's Non-Stop with $15.4 million. The action-thriller dropped 47%, which is about on par with your average action film. The movie has now grossed $52.1 million domestically and $72.1 million worldwide on a production budget of $50 million.

The LEGO Movie was down one spot in its fifth week to #4, finally starting to fade a bit with $11 million. The film suffered a loss of business to Mr. Peabody & Sherman but is still doing quite well; it has grossed $224.9 million domestically and $346.1 million worldwide from a $60 million budget.

Son of God dropped three places to #5 in its second weekend, bringing in $10 million. The feature film cut of the TV miniseries The Bible dropped a hefty 61% from its opening weekend, which is to be expected considering its TV origins and the overperforming first weekend. The film has grossed a total of $41.9 million, with all production costs previously covered during its TV run.

The Monuments Men slipped a spot to #6 in its fifth weekend with $3.1 million. The war drama has now grossed $70.6 million domestically and $109.5 million worldwide from a budget of $70 million.

Kevin Costner's 3 Days to Kill was down three in its third weekend, finishing at #7 with $3.1 million. The film has now grossed $25.6 million from a $28 million budget.

Frozen continued to hold onto #8, spending a fourth weekend at the spot with $3 million. The Disney animated film has now grossed $393.1 million domestically and $1.01 billion worldwide from a $150 million budget in sixteen weeks.

Jumping back up into the top ten on the strength of its Oscar win was 12 Years a Slave. The Best Picture winner leapt nine places to #9 on the back of a re-expansion, bringing in $2.2 million. The film has grossed a total of $53.1 million domestically and $143 million worldwide on a budget of $20 million.

Ride Along held onto the #10 spot with $2 million. The Kevin Hart/Ice Cube buddy comedy has grossed a total of $130 million domestically and $140 million worldwide from a $25 million budget.

Outside of the top ten, Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel had a phenomenal limited opening. The film opened in just four theaters but averaged $200,000 per theater over the weekend for an $800,000 opening take. That is a record per-screen average for a live-action film.

The weekend box office tally was $142 million, up 1% from last year's take of $140.7 million that was led by Oz the Great and Powerful's $79.1 million opening weekend.

Note: Numbers include Sunday estimates and are three-day estimates. A studio recoups 55% of a film's grosses on average, meaning it needs to approximately double its budget to be profitable during its theatrical run.

BOX OFFICE TOP TEN (Three-Day Numbers)
1. 300: Rise of an Empire - $45.1 million ($45.1 million total)
2. Mr. Peabody & Sherman - $32.5 million ($32.5 million total)
1. Non-Stop - $15.4 million ($52.1 million total)
4. The LEGO Movie - $11 million ($224.9 million total)
5. Son of God - $10 million ($41.9 million total)
6. The Monuments Men - $3.1 million ($70.6 million total)
7. 3 Days to Kill - $3.1 million ($25.6 million total)
8. Frozen - $3 million ($393.1 million total)
9. 12 Years a Slave - $2.2 million ($53.1 million total)
10. Ride Along - $2 million ($130 million total)


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