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Seven years after the record-breaking $70.9 million domestic debut of Zack Snyder's 300, Israeli director Noam Murro's sequel, 300: Rise of an Empire, opened with a comparatively modest $45.1 million (though it did earn another $87.8 million internationally.) It wasn't a bad start: The second reimagining of ancient Greece, with its cartoonish 3-D battles and crazy sex scene, easily beat out the weekend box office's runner-up, the animated Mr. Peabody and Sherman, which took in $32.5 million domestically.Last weekend's Liam Neeson-starring winner, Non-Stop, fell 47 percent, to $15.4 million, putting it in third place at the box office with $52.1 million in cumulative domestic earnings. The apparently irresistible Lego Movie took fourth place with $11 million, and has now earned a very impressive $225 million domestically. Christian movie Son of God rounded out the top five with $10 million, putting its total earnings at $41.5 million. Meanwhile, Wes Anderson's Grand »
- Caroline Bankoff
It was clear from the beginning that nothing was off limits for Dunham, from making fun of her constant nudity on the HBO hit show, to spoofing pop culture favorites like "Scandal," and even allowing some surprise guest stars steal the show. Check out her best (and worst) sketches below:
Best: Cold open -- Obama gets help from Liam Neeson to threaten Russia
Nothing spices up an Obama impression like Neeson's signature gravelly voice, threatening Vladimir Putin that the action star doesn't like it when things like Crimea get "taken."
Worst: Lena Dunham's monologue
We all knew it was coming -- making fun of all the nudity on "Girls." So why did that have to be the focus of Dunham's monologue?
Best: Biblical "Girl"
Now this was a fresh take on the nudity joke. »
New York (AP) — The shirtless warriors of the "300" sequel "Rise of an Empire" ravaged the post-Oscars box-office weekend with a domestic debut of $45.1 million but an even bigger international haul of $87.8 million. Seven years after the original "300" became an unlikely, ultra-stylish, blood-soaked sensation, Warner Bros.' 3-D follow-up showed considerable might at the box office. While "300: Rise of an Empire" didn't come close the North American debut of Zack Snyder's 2007 original ($70.9 million and without the benefit of 3-D ticket prices), it performed like a blockbuster overseas. "Rise of an Empire," which with flexed torsos and R-rated blood further chronicles the ancient battles of the Greeks and Persians, led a busy box-office weekend that also saw an Academy Awards bump for "12 Years a Slave" and one of the highest per-screen averages ever for Wes Anderson's European caper "The Grand Budapest Hotel." Though "300: Rise of an Empire" is excessively macho, »
- Jake Coyle (AP)
While it didn't come close to matching its predecessor, 300: Rise of An Empire still managed to dominate the weekend with an estimated $45 million. Also opening this weekend, Mr. Peabody & Sherman became the latest DreamWorks Animation movie to disappoint at the domestic box office.Playing at 3,470 locations, 300: Rise of an Empire's $45.05 million debut was off 36 percent from the original 300, which opened on the same weekend in 2007. Adjusting for ticket price inflation and 3D premiums, Rise of an Empire sold roughly half as many tickets. Still, it was a step up from other comparable titles like G.I. Joe: Retaliation ($40.5 million), 10,000 B.C. ($35.9 million), Wrath of the Titans ($33.5 million) and Immortals ($32.2 million).Rise of an Empire was never expected to match the original 300 at the domestic box office. While marketing did a solid job positioning the movie as a revenge tale, the story just wasn't as compelling this time around. Also, »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
300: Rise of An Empire has debuted in the number one spot at the Us box office.
The animated movie Mr Peabody & Sherman debuted in second place with $32.5m.
The thriller is followed by The Lego Movie in fourth place with $11m, with a total gross of $224.9m. The computer generated film is the first of 2014 to pass $200m at the box office.
The biblical movie Son of God slipped from second place to fifth place on its second week with $10m. »
300: Rise of an Empire speared its competition and kept on raking in the dollars on its opening weekend.Warner Bros. and Legendary’s hyper-stylized 3-D sequel earned an estimated $45 million from 3,470 theaters. Despite lackluster reviews, audiences turned out in droves to watch Eva Green’s Atremisia and the rest of the scantily clad warriors take to the sea for battle in the $108 million pic. Smart People director Noam Murro took the helm from Zack Snyder this time around — though Snyder produced and wrote the film. Audiences (62 percent male) slapped the epic with a B Cinema Score.The lure of IMAX helped. »
- Lindsey Bahr
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- Justin Vactor
300: Rise of an Empire rose to the top of the box office, easily besting the weekend's second new release, DreamWorks Animation's Mr. Peabody & Sherman. Another new release of note, Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel, notched a 17th spot on the box office listing, having opened in a four-theater limited release. Animated features The Lego Movie and Frozen lead the total box offices to date this weekend, and newly minted Oscar-winner 12 Years a Slave gets a post-Academy Awards box office bump. Hit the jump for more. Title Weekend Total 1 300: Rise of an Empire $45,050,000 $45.1 2 Mr. Peabody & Sherman $32,500,000 $32.5 3 Non-Stop $15,378,000 $52.1 4 The Lego Movie $11,005,000 $225.0 5 Son of God $10,000,000 $41.5 6 The Monuments Men $3,100,000 $70.6 7 3 Days to Kill $3,062,000 $25.6 8 Frozen $3,010,000 $393.1 9 12 Years a Slave $2,175,000 $53.1 10 Ride Along $2,004,000 $130.0 As Adam predicted yesterday, the 300 sequel has hit an estimated $45 million for its box office debut, a healthy number considering the eight years that have passed since the original film and »
- Dave Trumbore
Girls star Lena Dunham made her Saturday Night Live hosting debut Saturday, but she wasn't the only celebrity guest to stop by. Liam Neeson, Jon Hamm and former cast member Fred Armisen also made cameos in what was overall a mediocre episode.
Dunham predictably addressed the rampant nudity and graphic sex in Girls, both in her so-so monologue and in a hilarious parody of the Garden of Eden story. Did anyone honestly think Dunham could get through the entire episode without showing some skin? This hilarious trailer for "Girl," a new movie about Adam and Eve, features great impersonations of Dunham's co-stars Adam Driver and Zosia Mamet by Taran Killam and Vanessa Bayer. Take a look:
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- Liz Raftery
Lena Dunham hosted Saturday Night Live Saturday. See some of the Girls star's highlights below. Before we get to Lena, Liam Neeson's cold open must be addressed. It was a thing of beauty, referencing his Taken character alongside Jay Pharoah's President Obama. "Recently, I got a very disturbing call. Crimea had been taken. I hate it when things are taken." Dunham's best skit had her and Taran Killam as Adam Driver bickering as Adam and Eve, albeit with some very Girls-esque dialogue. "Can you please not apple shame me right now?" Dunham-as-Eve asks God. "Seriously, I know I committed original sin, »
- Alex Heigl
Over-the-top ancient Greek battle gore and the sultry heroine Eva Green powered “300: Rise of an Empire” to the No. 1 spot at the domestic box office with a $45 million opening weekend. The R-rated sword-and-sandals saga held off the challenge of a very different history trip, “Mr. Peabody & Sherman,” the DreamWorks Animation family film about a time-traveling genius dog and his young charge that debuted with a better-than-expected $32.5 million. The two wide openers dropped the Liam Neeson jetliner thriller “Non-Stop” out of the top spot and into third with $15.3 million. “The Lego Movie” was fourth with $11 »
- Todd Cunningham
Nudity has long been one of the biggest talking points surrounding HBO's Girls, so it came as no surprise that it took a prominent position in Lena Dunham's debut as host of Saturday Night Live. "There is an old saying: If you're nervous about giving a speech, just imagine the audience naked," the 27-year-old writer/director/actress said during her opening monologue. "Or at least imagine that they haven't seen you naked." The monologue progressed into a series of cringingly intimate sexual disclosures from castmembers and offered Dunham an »
Those who are generally into Dunham’s work were probably amused on the whole, even if they also wished Lena had broken out of her comfort zone a little more. (Perhaps unsurprisingly, Dunham played a bunch of girls — immature, fast-talking, hyperbole-happy variations on her HBO persona — and one serviceable Liza Minnelli.) But if you’re one of those people who can’t stand cable’s wunderkind — here I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt, and assume that dislike »
- Hillary Busis
The stylish combat film "300: Rise of An Empire" topped the box office with a strong debut of $45.1 million seven years after the original "300" became an unlikely sensation. According to studio estimates Sunday, the "300" sequel opened well below the $70.9 debut of Zac Snyder's 2007 original. But the 3-D "Rise of an Empire" beat estimates and easily edged out the weekend's other new wide release, "Mr. Peabody & Sherman."
Top 10 at the Weekend Box Office
1. "300: Rise of An Empire" - $45.1 M
2. "Mr. Peabody & Sherman" - $32.5 M
3. "Non-Stop" - $15.4 M
4. "The Lego Movie" - $11.0 M »
- The Associated Press
Sullivan Stapleton is about to become a big ticket in the U.S. Warner Bros. Pictures' "300: Rise of An Empire" where he plays Themistokles alongside Eva Green as Artemisia, has now earned an estimated $45 million on its debut weekend. The film which as a $110 million production budget, averaged $12,983 from 3,470 theaters, while overseas the adventure has grossed over $87.8 million. "Smart People" helmer Noam Murro directs from the script by original "300" director Zack Snyder and Kurt Johnstad, based on the graphic novel by "Xerxes" by Frank Miller. In second, DreamWorks' "Mr. Peabody & Sherman" also performed well with around $32 million grossed from 3,934 theaters, averaging $8,261. The animation voiced by Ty Burrell, Max Charles and Stephen Colbert, has earned $65.8 million from international territories, and holds $145 million production budget. Third place "Non-Stop" from Universal showed a 46% change in its sophomore weekend with $15.3 million earned. Liam Neeson and Julianne Moore star in the Jaume Collet-Serra action »
The 'Schindler's List' star confessed that his wife, who had died tragically after a tragic ski accident in 2009, had given him a choice of either taking the role of the spy or marrying her, the Hufington Post reported.
Neeson added that he had to choose tying the knot, as he did want to marry Richardson. (Ani) »
- Shiva Prakash
President Obama has been put in a tough situation with Russia's invasion of the Ukraine and their attempt to annex the Crimea portion of the country. The American public don't want to intervene with another military situation. On "Saturday Night Live," the President (well, Jay Pharoah) has a solution and it involves none other than Liam Neeson. And, if we know anything about Neeson he doesn't like it when things are..."Taken." Find out his solution in the embedded clip below. For more on this weekend's "SNL," read our blow by blow recap here. »
- HitFix Staff
Saturday Night Live this weekend was hosted by Girls star Lena Dunham, who used her TV persona to provide some laughs for the sketch show – particularly when it came to doing a parody of her hit HBO show.
Dunham and Tarran Killam played the Bible’s Adam and Eve, debating their lives while naked in the Garden of Eden. Channeling Hannah Horvath, Dunham’s Eve pressed Adam to define their relationship and displayed some feminist outrage when he suggested that God made her from his rib. Vanessa Bayer as Soshanna was the snake – convincing Eve to eat the apple. Eve, when confronted by God, wasn’t having it.
“Can you please not apple shame me right now?” said Eve. “Seriously, I know I committed original sin, but at least it’s original.”
Liam Neeson kicked off the night in the cold open with Jay Pharaoh's Barack Obama, as he riffed on his "Taken" character in reference to the recent Russian reinforced military presence in Crimea. "Recently, I got a very disturbing call," Neeson said in his signature gravely voice. "Crimea had been taken. I hate it when things are taken."
So Neeson had a warning for Vladimir Putin. "I have a very specific set of skills," Neeson said. "I'm an actor. In Hollywood. With a lot of connections."
Later on in the night, Jon Hamm popped up in the most random sketch reminiscent of "Girlfriends Talk Show," called "What Are You Even Doing? You're Being Crazy." Hamm didn't even know what he was doing, »
Well, this should be interesting. Not “Saturday Night Live” itself, which I imagine will rebound quite nicely from last week’s fairly disastrous show. Rather, I mean reaction to Lena Dunham, who inspires more conversation than almost anyone else on television, all of which can be accurately described as “passionate.” Dunham, and her HBO “Girls,” seems to touch a nerve unlike anything else in current popular culture, to the point where any rationale online discussion of either seems as likely as my mother waking up tomorrow and suddenly understanding the concept of cloud computing. We’ll see how much “SNL” leans into this whirlwind surrounding Dunham, and how much both the show and the actress try to move away from Hannah Horvath and into other comedic avenues. Jim Parsons declared he was “Not That Guy” in last week’s monologue, but then deployed a bunch of Sheldon Cooper-lite characters throughout the show. »
- Ryan McGee
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