With $45 million in the U.S. and another $87 million in foreign revenue, "300: Rise of an Empire" already looks like a sizable commercial success, putting it in position to easily top $100 million domestically and setup further entries in the franchise. Also opening over the weekend was "Mr. Peabody & Sherman," though a $32.5 million opening is fairly light for a $145 million production.
Even with some competition from last weekend's chart-topper "Non-Stop," "300: Rise of an Empire" is in a great position to open as the number one box office draw around the country, likely surpassing animated release "Mr. Peabody & Sherman" in the process.
In a strong opening weekend for new releases, "Non-Stop" finished as the top overall draw, grossing a very solid $28.9 million and giving Liam Neeson another chart-topping action-thriller in the process. Also doing well in its first weekend in theaters was "Son of God," a biblical drama that did well with its intended Christian audience and finished with $26.6 million in opening revenue.
After three straight weekends of dominance, "The Lego Movie" could give up its number one box office slot this weekend to "Non-Stop," an action-thriller starring Liam Neeson looking to follow in the footsteps of 2009's smash hit "Taken." Also hitting theaters will be "Son of God," a Christian-themed drama that is getting a substantial release of 3,000 theaters across the country.
With another $31 million in domestic revenue over the weekend, animated blockbuster "The Lego Movie" continued to dominate the box office, landing atop the charts for the third consecutive weekend for distributor Warner Brothers. Meanwhile, new action releases "3 Days to Kill" and "Pompeii" both struggled to find audiences amidst weak reviews and plenty of competition.
Even with four new wide releases hitting theaters this weekend, acclaimed animated hit "The Lego Movie" looks to be in great shape to once again land atop the box office charts, likely pushing it well past $100 million in domestic receipts in the process. Meanwhile, Kevin Hart-starring romantic comedy "About Last Night" is in position to finish as the top new release of the weekend.
With more than $18,000 per site and $69.1 million overall, "The Lego Movie" dominated the box office over the weekend, setting itself up to be the first bona fide blockbuster of 2014. Also putting up a decent first weekend was "The Monuments Men," which earned a steady $22.7 million as it reached just over 3,000 theaters for distributor Sony/Columbia.