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Weekend Box Office Report: March 14-16, 2014

Mar. 16, 2014by:

Mr. Peabody and Sherman travel to #1!

After opening in second place last week, MR. PEABODY AND SHERMAN set the Wayback Machine to the top of the box office this weekend with $21.2 million!

The time-tripping adventures of the genius dog and his human could end up becoming another new animated family fave and a potential hit for Fox and Dreamworks Animation -- the characters from the old "Rocky & Bullwinkle" cartoon are at almost $150 million worldwide already.

Coming in second was last weekend's conqueror, the violent R-rated 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE with $19.1 million. Though the movie carried an eyebrow-raising $110 million and a notable lack of star power, the sequel to 2007's hit adaptation of Frank Miller's graphic novel 300 is demonstrating its fortitude with a global total now at $236 million.

Sputtering into third was the new vehicular spectacle NEED FOR SPEED with $17.8 million. That's lower than director Scott Waugh's feature debut ACT OF VALOR a couple years back ($24.4 million), and around the level of MAX PAYNE and MORTAL KOMBAT: ANNIHILATION as far as opening weekends for videogame adaptations.

Paying audiences hit the gas with a 'B+' CinemaScore, but critics slammed on the brakes with an average 24% on Rotten Tomatoes. The high-speed racer gained more traction among international audiences with $45.6 million, but it seems more likely to stall than begin a FAST AND FURIOUS style franchise. "Breaking Bad" co-star Aaron Paul deserves better, doesn't he?

Liam Neeson's airborne thriller NON-STOP was cruising in fourth place with $10.6 million, keeping it ahead of Tyler Perry's latest TYLER PERRY'S THE SINGLE MOMS CLUB, opening in fifth with $8.3 million. The crowds that did show up gave it an 'A-' CinemaScore, but aside from TYLER PERRY PRESENTS PEEPLES, that opening is the lowest of any wide release that's carried the Tyler Perry brand. Maybe it's time for TYLER PERRY'S VACATION FOR A LITTLE WHILE.

THE LEGO MOVIE remained pretty awesome in sixth with another $7.7 million and a $378 worldwide total, while SON OF GOD entertained the faithful in seventh with $5.4 million.

Wes Anderson's THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL expanded to just 66 screens and still managed to make the chart with $3.6 million -- and a per-screen average around ten times that of anything in the Top 3! It's safe to say that people want to see Anderson's latest regardless of how difficult it may be for them to find at the moment.

Although it's available on DVD and download this week, Disney's FROZEN is still somehow in the Top 10 after 17 weeks in theaters. Speaking of Kristen Bell and home video, the kickstarted feature of VERONICA MARS peeped into the Top 10 with $2 million on just under 300 screens  The fan-demanded (and funded) movie was also made available via VOD on the same day, although that release was bruised by some reports of technical difficulties.

Outside the chart, THE MONUMENTS MEN made way for Ms. Mars along with 3 DAYS TO KILL, RIDE ALONG and 12 YEARS A SLAVE. The Jason Bateman R-rated comedy BAD WORDS opened in limited release to an indifferent $20k per-screen average.

Next weekend brings Lionsgate's latest great hope for a TWILIGHT-sized smash young-adult franchise with the adaptation of DIVERGENT, which will be challenged by the return of everyone's favorite felt beings in MUPPETS MOST WANTED. For those a bit more daring, Lars Von Trier's NYMPHOMANIAC VOL. 1 gets a limited release, along with the Clive Owen period crime tale BLOOD TIES.

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# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. Mr. Peabody and Sherman $21.2 M $63.1 M
2. 300: Rise of an Empire $19.1 M $78.3 M
3. Need for Speed $17.8 M
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4. Non-Stop $10.6 M $68.8 M
5. Tyler Perry's The Single Moms Club $8.3 M
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6. The Lego Movie $7.7 M $236.9 M
7. Son of God $5.4 M $50.8 M
8. The Grand Budapest Hotel $3.6 M $4.7 M
9. Frozen $2.1 M $396.3 M
10. Veronica Mars $2 M
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9:15AM on 03/19/2014

Huzzah! We did it!

Roboflop and Need for (A Better Movie) Speed are turds and the audience agrees. We don't need movies based on classic 80s films or video games with no plots.
Roboflop and Need for (A Better Movie) Speed are turds and the audience agrees. We don't need movies based on classic 80s films or video games with no plots.
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7:02AM on 03/17/2014
BYE BYE ROBOFLOP.
BYE BYE ROBOFLOP.
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9:24AM on 03/17/2014
The movie is actually not a flop at all. It's budget is estimated at $100 million and it's made $233.7 million worldwide so far and even if you include marketing costs, it will still turn a profit., and that's not even including DVD sales and all other venues. It should also be noted that the worldwide total for the entire original trilogy is $109,802,064. Which is less than half of the remake alone. Of course there's inflation, but I'm comparing 1 movie against 3 so that should balance it
The movie is actually not a flop at all. It's budget is estimated at $100 million and it's made $233.7 million worldwide so far and even if you include marketing costs, it will still turn a profit., and that's not even including DVD sales and all other venues. It should also be noted that the worldwide total for the entire original trilogy is $109,802,064. Which is less than half of the remake alone. Of course there's inflation, but I'm comparing 1 movie against 3 so that should balance it out. Also the new film was actually a good film.


6:50AM on 03/18/2014
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The remade Total Recall did more in its opening week.
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The remade Total Recall did more in its opening week.
11:03PM on 03/16/2014
Glad to see Peabody and Sherman finding a decent audience. It obviously won't reach Frozen or Lego Movie heights, but it seems for now at least that it's got strong word of mouth and sustained interest. A nice little success story for Dreamworks while we wait for How To Train Your Dragon 2 is a welcome surprise...seeing as how this one could've easily gotten lost in the shuffle of kids' movies that bombard audiences these days.
Glad to see Peabody and Sherman finding a decent audience. It obviously won't reach Frozen or Lego Movie heights, but it seems for now at least that it's got strong word of mouth and sustained interest. A nice little success story for Dreamworks while we wait for How To Train Your Dragon 2 is a welcome surprise...seeing as how this one could've easily gotten lost in the shuffle of kids' movies that bombard audiences these days.
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10:15PM on 03/16/2014
Mr. Peabody and Sherman really surprised me. That Beautiful Boy montage was really sweet.
Mr. Peabody and Sherman really surprised me. That Beautiful Boy montage was really sweet.
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9:16PM on 03/16/2014
300: Rise of an Empire kicked ass. Just as good as the original.
300: Rise of an Empire kicked ass. Just as good as the original.
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4:50PM on 03/16/2014
Amazing to see two films playing in less than 300 theatres make the top 10 this week. Just goes to show that limited releases can be successful with the right marketing push.

I have no doubt that Divergent will crush the competition next week, with Muppets likely coming in second and taking business away from Peabody in the process. Too bad about NFS bombing, it will be tough to make its budget back with all the upcoming competition in the next few weeks. I think Scott Waugh is toast after
Amazing to see two films playing in less than 300 theatres make the top 10 this week. Just goes to show that limited releases can be successful with the right marketing push.

I have no doubt that Divergent will crush the competition next week, with Muppets likely coming in second and taking business away from Peabody in the process. Too bad about NFS bombing, it will be tough to make its budget back with all the upcoming competition in the next few weeks. I think Scott Waugh is toast after only his second feature, but Paul has some really good work coming up later this year. Big movies don't really seem to be his thing, which is just fine, as I'd rather see him act than be pigeonholed into these Hollywood spectacles to attract the Breaking Bad audience.
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4:00PM on 03/16/2014
I like car movies but Need looked like shit from the get go, no surprise at its shitty opening.
I like car movies but Need looked like shit from the get go, no surprise at its shitty opening.
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