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Lackluster reviews for 300: Rise of an Empire, the sequel to the 2007 big budget story of the 300 Spartans, were not enough to keep audiences away as it earned the top spot at the box office. At an estimated $45.1 million, it beat Mr. Peabody & Sherman which, despite good reviews, earned an estimated $32.5 million, which leaves it at a fair pace behind its $145 million costs. Still, both are doing very well overseas, and likely to make back their costs in worldwide earnings, if not domestically.
Liam Neeson is making a good case with Non-Stop, breaking even for its second week with an estimated $15.4 million. The Lego Movie continues to impress, with an estimated $11 million in its fifth week and $225 million in total domestic box office, while Son of God sits in a state of limbo, its estimated $10 million and domestic total of $41.5 million no indicator of success as it has not reported its costs. »
- Seth Paul
300: Rise of an Empire easily claimed the top spot at the box office this weekend and likely surprised many who doubted this movie could draw an audience. It’s nowhere close to the $70 million opening weekend of 300, but the sequel was at a disadvantage from the start with its lead actor unable to return and a new director at the helm. In the Us, 300: Rise of an Empire earned $45 million and a total of $132.8 million worldwide. With an estimated production budget of $110 million, it’s off to a really good start.
Mr. Peabody & Sherman was the other new movie this weekend and it earned $32.5 million in second place. Non-Stop took third place and has brought it’s Us total to $52.1 million since opening last weekend. Other items of interest include The Lego Movie reaching $225 million at the box office and Frozen being less than $7 million shy of $400 million in the Us. »
- Jonathan James
Happy Sunday everyone, here’s the weekly box office report! Leading the way handily this weekend was the sequel 300: Rise of an Empire, which debuted at number one with an estimated $45 million, proving that folks still cared about this story years later. At number two we had the debut a new animated film in Mr. Peabody & Sherman, which hauled in an estimated $32.5 million. Among the limited release openings, the one of note is clearly The Grand Budapest Hotel, which managed to crack the top 20 despite only playing in four theaters. That quartet of theaters still brought the movie $800,000 in business, which gave it a top ten of all time per theater average of $200,000. Impressive. The first 300 was something new and different, so its success was something to be celebrated, regardless of your thoughts on the actual flick. This time around, it’s now solidified itself as a franchise and a name brand, »
- Joey Magidson
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)
Weekend Box Office:
Mr. Peabody and Sherman $32.5 million
Non-Stop $15.3 million
The Lego Movie $11 million
Son of God $10 million
The Monuments Men $3.1 million
3 Days to Kill $3.06 million
Frozen $3.01 million
12 Years a Slave $2.1 million
Ride Along $2 million300: Rise of an Empire89%MovieWeb: 5 reviews43%Rotten Tomatoes: 42 reviews2Mr. Peabody and Sherman92%MovieWeb: 4 reviews77%Rotten Tomatoes: 41 reviews3Non-Stop94%MovieWeb: 4 reviews58%Rotten Tomatoes: 3 reviews4The Lego Movie100%MovieWeb: 12 reviews96%Rotten Tomatoes: 17 reviews5Son of God100%MovieWeb: 0 reviews23%Rotten Tomatoes: 45 reviews6The Monuments Men55%MovieWeb: 3 reviews34%Rotten Tomatoes: 42 reviews73 Days to Kill56%MovieWeb: 4 reviews31%Rotten Tomatoes: 25 reviews8Frozen92%MovieWeb: 12 reviews84%Rotten Tomatoes: 13 reviews912 Years a Slave96%MovieWeb: 6 reviews96%Rotten Tomatoes: 2 reviews10Ride Along77%MovieWeb: 4 reviews17%Rotten Tomatoes: 39 reviews »
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 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
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
Predicted Weekend Box Office:
Mr. Peabody and Sherman $31.2 million
Non-Stop $16.1 million
The Lego Movie $15 million
Son of God $13.6 million
The Monuments Men $3.3 million
Frozen $3.1 million
12 Years a Slave $2.8 million
3 Days to Kill $2.5 million
RoboCop $2.4 million300: Rise of an Empire89%MovieWeb: 5 reviews43%Rotten Tomatoes: 42 reviews2Mr. Peabody and Sherman92%MovieWeb: 4 reviews77%Rotten Tomatoes: 41 reviews3Non-Stop94%MovieWeb: 4 reviews58%Rotten Tomatoes: 3 reviews4The Lego Movie100%MovieWeb: 12 reviews96%Rotten Tomatoes: 17 reviews5Son of God100%MovieWeb: 0 reviews23%Rotten Tomatoes: 45 reviews6The Monuments Men55%MovieWeb: 3 reviews34%Rotten Tomatoes: 42 reviews7Frozen92%MovieWeb: 12 reviews84%Rotten Tomatoes: 13 reviews812 Years a Slave96%MovieWeb: 6 reviews96%Rotten Tomatoes: 2 reviews93 Days to Kill56%MovieWeb: 4 reviews31%Rotten Tomatoes: 25 reviews10RoboCop87%MovieWeb: 8 reviews49%Rotten Tomatoes: 28 reviews »
UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 28th February - Sunday 2nd March 2014....
The Lego Movie has made it three weeks in a row at the top of the UK box office, holding on to first place with a third-weekend haul of £3.27 million, giving the animated smash hit a healthy £26.7 million to date.
Second and third place are occupied by two new releases - the only two newcomers to crack the top ten this week - with the Liam Neeson action thriller Non-Stop opening with £2,652,364 in second, followed by the Kevin Hart / Ice Cub action comedy Ride Along in third with £1,420,992.
Check out the top ten in full here...
Number one this time last year: Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters
1. The Lego Movie, £3,226,594 weekend; £26,671,764 total (3 weeks)
2. Non-Stop, £2,652,364 weekend (New)
3. Ride Along, £1,420,992 weekend (New)
4. The Book Thief, £1,370,649 weekend; £1,430,684 total (2 weeks)
5. Mr Peabody & Sherman, £795,797 weekend; £11,628,241 total »
- Gary Collinson
Oscars buzz boosts UK box office and whether growling on a plane or voicing an animation, it's Liam Neeson's moment
• Review of The Lego Movie
• Review of Non-Stop
• More on the UK box office
Adding another £4.79m in the past seven days, The Lego Movie now stands at a sturdy £26.67m after three weeks of play. That puts it level with the lifetime tallies of blockbusters including Spider-Man 2 (£26.72m) and Ocean's Eleven (£26.47m), and ahead of fellow animations including Ratatouille (£24.80m) and Wall-e (£22.91m). The Lego Movie will pretty soon overtake the likes of Shrek (£29m) and A Bug's Life (£29.45m) and is clearly headed into the mid-30s (£m).
Although box office for The Lego Movie is certainly skewed to the weekend, its decent performance in the Monday-to-Thursday period suggests that it is picking up a true adult audience, rather than merely adult chaperones of children. »
- Charles Gant
In a surprise turn of events, Non-stop (which many have jokingly referred to as Taken 3) has topped the box office this weekend, beating an even more unexpected second-placer, Christopher Spencer’s Son Of God. Both films have proven popular stateside, to many’s surprise, with Non-stop faring better on all critical fronts (and from our very own Dan’s review) in comparison to the biblical drama, whilst still facing critical disapproval, taking in a lacklustre $28.9m.
As we reported earlier, Frozen hit $1 billion worldwide, and is set to climb even higher with a release in Japan in the foreseeable future, making it one of the top 20 most successful original pictures, ever. In terms of originality however, Non-stop is one of three films from Universal Pictures alongside Ride Along and Lone Survivor to open in the top spot.
To contend, Son Of God, which opened impressively opened with $25.6m, just under »
- Matthew Ceo
Take another look @ Oscar-winning Australian actress Cate Blanchett ("Blue Jasmine") in the Winter 2014 issue of "Vogue" magazine, photographed by Craig McDean, plus sneak peek Blanchett's starring role in the "Vogue" Original Short film, "Slow Motion", directed by Matthew Frost:
"I feel like I’m standing on the brink of something exciting", said Blanchett, about her role in "Blue Jasmine".
- Michael Stevens
The 3D animated movie earned £3.2 million to secure first place, easily beating out Liam Neeson's airborne thriller - which took £2.6 million, significantly less than his last action outing Taken 2 (£7.3 million in 2012).
Elsewhere, Tinker Bell and the Pirate Fairy is still performing well post-half-term, earning £658,312 on its third week on release.
This Friday sees high-profile releases in the form of 300: Rise of an Empire and The Grand Budapest Hotel - both are expected to make a dent in the chart.
The UK box office top ten in full:
1. (1) The Lego Movie - £3,266,594
2. (-) Non-Stop - £2,652,364
3. (- »
Airplane action thriller takes $30m and the No 1 slot, while Diogo Morgado as Jesus doesn't quite turn water into box-office wine
• More Us box office analysis here
Non-Stop leads independent surge
It's always good to see the independents rule the box-office charts, so hats off to StudioCanal. The company fully financed the action thriller Non-Stop, starring Liam Neeson, and the big guy did not disappoint, scoring an estimated $30m (£18m) No 1 debut through domestic distributor Universal, which as you will by now have gathered did not produce this but acted as a distributor for a fee. The debut was even bigger than Jesus. See below.
Son of God opens in second place
There will always be a big market for Christian-themed movies in the Us and so it was little surprise to see Lightworkers Media's Son of God score a solid, if unspectacular, No 2 launch on $26.5m through Fox. »
- Jeremy Kay
The Lego Movie was the only clear winner during a so-so February at the box office. Overall domestic grosses came in at around $700 million, which was a 13 percent improvement over last year. Still, it's way off from 2012's $818.2 million record, and is also noticeably lower than 2010 and 2009.Through the end of February, year-to-date box office is trending up 10 percent from 2013. If that pattern can continue, 2014 will be the first year in which the domestic box office breaks the $11 billion mark.The Lego Movie dominated the month of February, earning more than the next four titles combined. The surprise animated hit opened to $69 million, which is the second-highest February opening ever. In the weeks since, it hasn't dropped by more than 37 percent; through the end of February, Lego had already earned $192.7 million at the domestic box office.If it holds up well against Mr. Peabody & Sherman, Lego will wind up with at least $270 million total. »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Both Non-Stop and Son of God managed to dethrone The Lego Movie at the box office this weekend, but only one could have the top spot. This week, Liam Neeson managed to hold of the competition with Non-Stop earning an estimated $30 million in the Us. With a production budget of $50 million, it should have no problem earning that back in the next couple of weeks.
Son of God took second place and earned a respectable $26.6 million, while The Lego Movie took third place with $21 million. Not only has The Lego Movie crossed the $200 million mark in the Us, but it has crossed $300 million worldwide. The other seven movies in the top ten earned $5 million or less over the weekend, so there’s not too much else of interest to look at, with the exception of Frozen, which earned more than $1 billion worldwide as of this weekend.
Next week sees the »
- Jonathan James
Los Angeles (AP) — Liam Neeson has grounded the "The Lego Movie." The action star's airliner thriller "Non-Stop" arrived in first place at the weekend box office, effectively ending the Warner Bros. animated film's three-week blockade at the top spot. The Universal film stars Neeson as a federal air marshal on a doomed flight. "Non-Stop" ascended in its first weekend with $30 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. "I think the fact that audiences were ready for a suspense thriller was a lot to do with the film's success, and obviously Liam is an absolute box office draw," said Nikki Rocco, head of distribution for Universal. "One of the main reasons people were coming to see the film was Liam." Fox's "Son of God" debuted closely behind "Non-Stop" in second place with $26.5 million. The film recounts the story of Jesus' life using footage from the production of History Channel's 10-part miniseries "The Bible. »
- Derrik J. Lang (AP)
The thriller opened to an estimated $30m this weekend, bringing the computer-animated movie's three-week run at number one to an end.
Neeson stars as Us federal air marshal Bill Marks, who is faced with a potential hostage situation during a flight from New York to London.
However, the biblical movie's performance falls short of The Passion of the Christ, which earned over $26m on its first day.
The Lego Movie is down to number three with $21m »
Liam Neeson's new action movie kicked butt at the box office.
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The Monuments Men came in at No. 4 but only managed to gross $5 million. 3 Days To Kill rounded out the top five list, making $4.9 million this weekend.
What movie did you see this weekend?
1. Non-Stop, $30 million
2. Son of God, $26.5 million
3. The Lego Movie, $21 million
4. The Monuments Men, $5 million
5. 3 Days to Kill, $4.9 million
6. RoboCop, $4.5 million
7. Pompeii, $4.3 million
8. Frozen, $3.6 million
9. About Last Night, $3.4 million
10. Ride Along, $3 million »
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