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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
300: Rise of an Empire, 2013.
Directed by Noam Murro.
A Greek general leads the charge against invading Persian forces led by the vengeful demi-god Xerxes.
It has been nearly 8 years now since Gerard Butler so violently reminded us all that ‘this’ was in fact Sparta, in Zack Snyder’s 300. This time around Snyder only returns in the role of producer, but you’d be forgiven for thinking that he’s back in the director’s chair, given the superficial ethos of 300: Rise of an Empire.
The film’s narrative occurs simultaneously to that of the first film, making this much more of a spin-off rather than a direct sequel. As it turns out, while Leonidas (Butler) and his Spartans were making their stand at Thermopylae, there were equal amounts »
- Gary Collinson
Sneak Peek images of French actress Eva Green as 'Artemisia', the star of producer Zack Snyder's "300: Rise Of An Empire", who takes command of the action feature as the warrior leader of the 'Persian' fleet against the 'Greeks'.
"I bruise very easily," Green said about her role as a female warrior. "It’s all for art. All that pain for art."
Directed by Noam Murro, "300: Rise of an Empire", is a sequel to the 2006 feature, "300", taking place before, during, and after the events of that film with a retelling of the 'Battle of Salamis'.
According to ancient Greek historian 'Herodotus', the real 'Artemisia I of Caria', became an ally of Persian king 'Xerxes I' during the Second Persian invasion of Greece.
She fought at the naval Battle of 'Artemisium' and the naval 'Battle of Salamis' in 480 BC as a commander in the Persian navy.
She was the »
- Michael Stevens
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
New 300,Rise Of An Empire movie delivered great action,drama,gore & more. Paramount Pictures released their new action/drama flick, "300: Rise Of An Empire" into theaters this weekend. I just checked it out, and thought it was pretty entertaining, mostly because of the hardcore,highly graphic violence and action that it served up. However, the dialogue and overall plotline was just ok for me. It stars: Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Ray Winstone, Emma Watson, Anthony Hopkins, Logan Lerman, and Nick Note. In the new flick, Darius' son, Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro), witnesses his father's death, and is advised, not to continue the war, since "only the gods could defeat the Greeks. Darius' naval commander, Artemisia (Eva Green), claims that Darius' last words where in fact a challenge and sends Xerxes on a journey through the desert. Eventually, Xerxes reaches a cave and bathes in an otherworldly liquid, emerging as the "God-King, »
Now playing in theaters is director Noam Murro’s 300: Rise of an Empire. In the sequel to Zack Snyder’s 300, Greek general Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton) attempts to unite all of Greece by leading the charge that will change the course of the war against the massive invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god, Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro), and Artemisia (Eva Green), the vengeful commander of the Persian navy. The film also stars Lena Headey, Hans Matheson, David Wenham, Igal Nao, Callan Mulvey, Jack O’Connell, and Andrew Tiernan. I’ve seen the film twice now and am happy to report the sequel kicks ass. The fight scenes are extremely well done, the 3D actually adds to the story, and Eva Green’s performance is worth the price of admission. It also might have the best sex scene of 2014, and it’s only February. While many might have wondered if we needed »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
While Zack Snyder's 300 made a camp but coherent fist of Frank Miller and Lynn Varley's graphic novel, this turgid companion piece offers nothing but lumpen CGI bloodletting and headbangingly boring quasi-historical exposition. Starting in soul-draining fashion with a tedious voiceover that makes the opening scroll of The Phantom Menace seem positively Wildean, this pitches Sullivan Stapleton's Themistokles of Athens (and no fixed accent) against Eva Green's psycho-goth Artemisia, with Lena Headey waiting in the wings to bore us all into submission whenever the story runs out – which is often.
Lacking the visual wit of its predecessor, Noam Murro's stereoscopic (non)sequel simply presents a moshpit of men in leather skirts going "Graaaaaarrrgjhhhhh!" while splattering post-Zatoichi digital blood with their sloshing swords and glistening chests. In a half-hearted »
- Mark Kermode
300: Rise of an Empire, 2014.
Directed by Noam Murro.
Athenian general Themistokles leads a united Greek army against the might of the Persian Empire, and finds a formidable foe in the face of Artemisia, a powerful female commander with a thirst for Greek blood.
Fans of Frank Miller’s epic graphic novels and the 2006 film rejoice; 300: Rise of an Empire will quench your thirst for 3D blood while paying absolute respect to the original film both aesthetically and through the story. 300: Rise of an Empire complements the first 300 film by filling in the gaps of what was happening in Athens and the rest of Greece while Leonidas’ battle raged at the “Hot Gates” (Thermopylae). It’s not so much a sequel as a companion film, which true fans of the original will surely appreciate. »
- Gary Collinson
Two big films this weekend, we have the animated film "Mr. Peabody & Sherman" and the action-adventure sequel "300: Rise of An Empire."
In "Mr. Peabody & Sherman," it feels like the 1950s all over again! The companion piece of "The Rocky Bullwinkle Show" is now a big-screen event. From the creators of "The Croods" and "How to Train Your Dragon," and director of "The Lion King," the time-travelling adventures of an advanced canine, Mr. Peabody (voiced by Ty Burrell), and his adopted son, Sherman (voiced by Max Charles), are front and center in this animated film.
And, you may miss Gerard Butler in the sequel "300: Rise of an Empire," but is it enough for you to not see the sequel? Have no fear, we have a new hero in Greek general Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton) who leads the charge against the invading Persian navy. But first, he must deal with the mortal-turned-god, »
Not even the world’s smartest time-traveling dog could beat the warriors of 300: Rise of an Empire at the box office, Friday.
The Zack Snyder-produced sequel to his 2007 blockbuster earned an impressive $17.7 million from 3,470 theaters. Thursday night the R-rated Warner Bros. and Legendary pic had brought in a decent $3.3 million from early showings. With a $108 million price tag, the Eva Green and Sullivan Stapleton-led epic should still net around $45 million this weekend — right on track with predictions.
DreamWorks Animation’s Mr. Peabody and Sherman claimed the second place spot with an $8 million Friday from 3,934 theaters. The $145 million, »
- Lindsey Bahr
"300: Rise of an Empire" rose to the top of the box office on Friday, debuting to a strong $17.7 million, and leaving fellow newcomer "Mr. Peabody and Sherman" in its wake. The "sidequel" to 2007's hit "300" will earn around $42 million this weekend, which is significantly less than its predecessor, which debuted to $70.9 million on its way to a domestic total of $210.6 million. However, "Rise" is outpacing the original "300" overseas. "Rise of an Empire" stars Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green, Lena Headey and Rodrigo Santoro. Meanwhile, DreamWorks Animation's "Mr. Peabody and Sherman" came in at No. 2 with a decent $8 million, and will likely pick up around $31 million in its debut weekend. The leggy holdover "The Lego Movie" (more on that in a bit) is likely taking some away family audiences from "Peabody." "Peabody" features the voices of Ty Burrell, Allison Janney, Stephen Colbert, Stephen Tobolowsky, Mel Brooks, and others. Universal's action thriller "Non-Stop, »
- Dave Lewis
300: Rise of an Empire is now playing in theaters nationwide. Warner Bros. has released a new featurette for this action adventure, which takes a look at the film's biggest battle as it brings the fight on the high seas. Enjoy behind-the-scenes footage and never-before-seen concept art as Xerxes marches his Persian army into the face of death, with General Themistocles and his Greek soldiers defending their homeland from this terrorist invasion.
300: Rise of an Empire was released March 7th, 2014 and stars Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green, Lena Headey, Hans Matheson, Callan Mulvey, David Wenham, Rodrigo Santoro, Jack O'Connell. The film is directed by Noam Murro. »
“300: Rise of an Empire” has waged war on its box office competition with a projected $42 million-plus opening weekend.
Warner Bros.-Legendary Entertainment’s actioner muscled $17.7 million Stateside on Friday, including an impressive $3.3 million in late-night showings on Thursday.
Meanwhile, Fox-DreamWorks Animation’s “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” scored $8 million Friday. It will likely be relegated to second place with a $31.5 million weekend debut.
The toon, which reportedly cost $145 million to make, is based on characters from the 1960s TV show “The Rocky & Bullwinkle Show.” The animated pic is on track to overtake the company’s last film, “Turbo,” which disappointed domestically, grossing $83 million. However, it more than doubled that figure overseas.
Despite the solid openings, the two films are expected to fall short of “Oz the Great and Powerful,” which bowed to a magical $79 million this time last year.
“300: Rise of an Empire” comes seven years after the Gerard Butler-starrer “300” hit theaters, »
- Maane Khatchatourian
Eight years after Zack Snyder revived the sword-and-sandal subgenre and inspired millions of men to revisit the gym with his adaptation of Frank Miller's 300, he has scripted a return to ancient Greece. Directed by Noam Murro (Smart People), the movie 300: Rise of an Empire is a self-indulgent video game fantasy at best.
The film opens with a recap of the events of 300 and an introduction to Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton), the new lead, who's head of the Greek army. The action proceeds to explain how Themistokles is not just the hero who led the Greeks to victory over Xerxes, but was himself responsible for the enmity held by Xerxes toward the Greeks.
Artemisia (Eva Green) is introduced as the leader of Xerxes' forces, and the two commence with a series of battles consisting of ships crashing into each other as warriors fight to the death on top of the sinking wrecks. »
- Mike Saulters
It's been nine years since we took a trip to "Sin City," but in August we're headed back!
A trailer for "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" has debuted and it's loaded with guns, sexy ladies, grizzled old dudes and a heaping amount of extra violence!
Photos: Hot Shots Of Jessica Alba!
Copyright 2014 »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (AccessHollywood.com Editorial Staff)
So what’s been happening this week then?
‘In costuming the past we lose the present.’
Michael Wilkinson has basically said nothing about Wonder Woman’s outfit, yet we’re still hanging on his every word.
Jessica Paré chats about the show’s costumes and her own ‘French with a rock edge’ style.
Costume designer Rachel Sage talks about her work on the TNT reboot.
Catherine Martin wins and wins Big. Kudos.
Red carpet fashion
Tyranny of Style casts his educated gaze over the winners and losers.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D
300: Rise of an Empire
- Lord Christopher Laverty
Hollywood could use a new Angelina Jolie — or rather, they could use the old Angelina Jolie, the rebellious, sex-mad Angelina we had before she reinvented herself as a beatifically smiling humanitarian goddess. Where are the avid actresses who can stride on-screen and conquer with a flick of their finger, who can use their carnal craziness to enliven the most unimaginative of B-movies, who can size up their male leads with an "I will fuck you and eat you, and not necessarily in that order" stare? Unto this breach comes this weekend's 300: Rise of an Empire, and while the sorta-sequel might at first seem more than sorta superfluous, by the time its female lead Eva Green is engaging in the movie's centerpiece sex scene, you'll know its purpose: The wild-eyed Green is serving us vintage Jolie on a platter, and the film (and Hollywood) is all the better for »
- Kyle Buchanan
The wait is finally over as we finally clap our aching eyes on the new official teaser trailer for Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez's ('From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series') new live-action comic book sequel 'Sin City: A Dame to Kill For'. So it's time to slip comfortably back into the neo-noir black and white world of Frank Miller's vision which is once more bought to life from the page to the big screen with plenty of new action, thrills and jaw-dropping violence. As usual Rodriguez manages to pull together an impressive line-up that includes Joseph Gordon-Levit ('Looper'), Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin (below), Jamie Chung, Eva Green, Bruce Willis, Rosario Dawson, Jaime King, Crystal McCahill, Dennis Haysbert, Ray Liotta, Jeremy Piven, Juno Temple and Alexa Vega. Check out the new trailer below. »
Warner Brothers Pictures
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Within the opening minutes of 300: Rise of an Empire, there is an over the top, overly choreographed battle sequence, some incredibly random nudity, and a horse stomping a Persian’s brains into mush with blood subsequently spraying everywhere in slow-motion. Most crucially, it’s a message loud and clear that director Noah Murro has a firm grasp on what made Zack Snyder’s cult hit so special. It may not top the original, but it’s certainly one hell of a ride.
Serving as both a prequel and sequel to the original, Rise of an Empire runs parallel to the events of King Leonidas’ defiantly, courageously fought demise – along with his Spartan army – at the battle of Thermopylae to Persian leader, God-king Xerxes. The very first shot of Rise of an Empire displays one more glimpse of the aftermath, as Xerxes puts »
- Robert Kojder
In issue 217 of Total Film magazine, Eva Green discusses transforming herself into a formidable warrior queen in 300: Rise Of An Empire. Inside the issue - which is available for just £1.99 on your iPad - Green reveals that she loved playing badass Artemisia because it didn't require her to reform to the typical girlfriend movie role. "She's so ballsy," she says. "She's not a girlfriend or a love interest; she's got guts, she's fuelled by revenge. "She's a very complex character, very exciting. It's always been a fantasy for me to play...
- Total Film
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