300: Rise of an Empire is out to a commanding lead for this weekend’s box-office, pulling in $17.7 million yesterday. The swords-and-sandals epic opened on 3470 screens and is on its way to a weekend between $40-44 million. That’s far below what the original 300 opened to, but seven years later and without its main star, Warner Bros. has to feel good about such an opening. Reviews have been mixed, so it’ll be interesting to see how much word-of-mouth sustains it.
Coming in second is DreamWorks Animation’s Mr. Peabody & Sherman. Animation was dominant in 2013, but there wasn’t as much anticipation for the big-screen treatment of a secondary character from the old Rocky & Bullwinkle show. (No one hold your breath for the Commander McBragg movie.) Its $8 million haul isn’t terrible, as Saturday tends to be the big day for animated movies, but it likely won’t be enough to help it overtake 300 for the #1 spot.
In limited release, The Grand Budapest Hotel made $260,000 on only 4 screens. That bodes well for its eventual wide release.
Friday’s Box Office
1. 300: Rise of an Empire – $17.7 million – 1 day
2. Mr. Peabody & Sherman – $8 – 1 day
3. Non-Stop – $4.7 ($$41.44) – 8 days
4. Son of God – $2.7 ($34.2) – 8 days
5. The LEGO Movie – $2.66 ($$216.63) – 29 days
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