Weekend Box Office Report: '300' Sequel Rises to the Top

300: Rise of an Empire

This weekend was very good to both of the new releases, despite the disparity in ratings (and quality, to be honest) between them—their projected earnings were generous to begin with, but they were able to make above even these relatively large predictions over the weekend (probably owing to the lackluster releases of the last couple weeks).

300: Rise of an Empire was the big earner this weekend. Its predicted earnings of $33 million initially seemed overly optimistic, given its less-than-generous reviews; however, with weekend revenues of over $45 million, it’s proved that it has a loyal enough fan base to pull in a decent gross (that, or the first film had enough leftover hype to sustain a sequel).

It was followed by our other new release, Mr. Peabody and Sherman. While its critical reception was better than that of its counterpart, it did not make quite the splash the 300: Rise of an Empire did, earning closer to its predicted earnings at $32.5 million.

After that came last week’s highest earner, Non-Stop, which made around half of its gross last weekend at $15.3 million, with a total of $52.1 million so far. Next came the still-popular Lego Movie, which added $11 million to its ever-growing cumulative sum of $224.9 million. Finally, we have last week’s Son of God, whose weekend earnings took a severe drop to $10 million, for a total of $41.4 million.

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