Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: March 9th, 2014

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March 9 Box Office 300 Rise of an Empire Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: March 9th, 2014

The blood (and dollars) was flowing at the box office this weekend, as both new releases opened very strong.

300: Rise of an Empire (read our review) is the number 1 film this weekend with a very impressive $45 million. It’s been 7 years since the first 300 debuted to a then record-breaking $70 million tally, and even though Rise of the Empire lacks any of the first film’s key players, it still posted the second best opening of the year so far. Not to mention, Rise of an Empire is doing very well overseas, grossing $87 million in about 32 markets.

The film does have some stiff, action-focused competition looming in the horizon, but it should be able to clear its $100 million budget easily. We wouldn’t be surprised if Warner Bros. announced another follow-up is in the works very soon.

Coming in at number 2 is Mr. Peabody & Sherman (read our review) with $32.5 million. With Frozen having now run its course at the box office and LEGO Movie declining, the road was wide open for this film to rake in the dough.

Ty Burell and Max Charles in Mr. Peabody Sherman 2014 Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: March 9th, 2014

Even with its limited marketing and relatively obscure source material, for this generation’s youngsters at least, Mr. Peabody & Sherman did very well for itself. Yes, its tally is a little low for an animated release, but the film should clear $100 million when all is said and done.

The Liam Neeson vehicle Non-Stop fell to number 3 in its second weekend with $15.3 million. While not nearly as strong of a performance as the Taken films, Non-Stop is performing admirably with $52 million thus far. The film has surpassed its $50 million budget and is well on its way to a very lucrative box office run.

In at number 4 is The LEGO Movie with $11 million. Warner Brothers’ latest hit continues to add to its total, further asserting itself as the film to beat in 2014. The LEGO Movie is now at $224 million domestic.

Rounding out the top 5 is Son of God with $10 million. Fox’s film had a huge drop off in its second weekend, but that should be no matter. $41 million after two weeks is a very impressive performance for the film, which is actually repurposed footage from The Bible miniseries.

In at number 6 is The Monuments Men with $3.1 million, which brings its domestic total up to $70 million. Although the film has been going strong as the number three highest grossing film of 2013, Monuments Men now has some competition headed its way. Now that we have a clearer picture, though, it looks like The Monuments Men‘s delay into early 2014 was a smart move.

3 days kill kevin costner hailee steinfeld Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: March 9th, 2014

The number 7 film this weekend is 3 Days to Kill with $3.06 million. The Kevin Costner action flick is hanging around, but its $25 million after three weeks isn’t anything to write home about. The good news is the film will surpass its $28 million budget by next weekend.

Frozen is the number 8 film this weekend with $3.01 million. The Best Animated Feature Oscar winner held pretty solid this weekend, retaining almost all of its audience. After a whopping 16 weeks on the top 10, Frozen has grossed $393 million domestic and $1 billion worldwide.

Best Picture winner 12 Years a Slave comes in at number 9 with $2.1 million, up 122% from last weekend. The uptick was likely due to the film’s multi-award win last Sunday which spurned on an increase in theater count (+654 screens). Steve McQueen’s moving story has now grossed $53 million.

Rounding out the top 10 is Ride Along with $2 million. The Ice Cube and Kevin Hart pseudo-buddy cop comedy has grossed a very impressive $129 million after 8 weeks, but this should be the film’s last weekend in the top 10. Should be.

Outside the top 10: Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel opened with $800,000 on just four screens for a per-screen-average of $200,000. That’s the 9th best per-screen-average ever. The film will continue to expand throughout the month.


[NOTE: These are only weekend box office estimates - based on Friday and Saturday ticket sales coupled with adjusted expectations for Sunday. Official weekend box office results will be released on Monday, March 10th - at which time we'll update this post with any changes.]

Source: Box Office Mojo

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  1. Good for 300. I’ll probably just wait for the bluray.

    • Me too. I usually watch the movies for the bluray and not at the movie theaters. The movie theater itself is not for me at all. Noisy and some people might be annoying. At home is peaceful and enjoying the movies for the bluray. :)

  2. Hell yeah for 300!!!

    I was worried that that P.O.S. Peabody and Sh*tman would damage the film, but I’m really glad it did pretty damn well. Like Pacific Rim last year, it seems to me than 300: Rise of an Empire sill be the #1 film for non-p*ssies.

  3. Meh, I’ll assume a lot of people had a lot of money to burn and a free weekend with lacklustre films on offer and just went with whatever had the biggest poster in the lobby as they walked into the cinema.

    • Or people just went to go see an exciting R-rated action flick.

    • Or people really enjoyed the original and were not cheated out of a sequel.

      Y’know… that too.

    • You assume wrong.

  4. It also appears that The Hobbit – Desolation of Smaug may break a billion dollars worldwide in the next few weeks, after opening strong in China. I was surprised it underperformed in America, although still making close to 260 million dollars here. I know this trilogy is not as good as The Lord of the Rings, but absent that to compare it to, I believe it is still a masterpiece in fantasy cinema. In the end, it looks like it will indeed be a three billion dollar trilogy.

    • The only reason it can be considered a masterpiece of fantasy films is because its the only one released each year. Films like it are things of the past and I sure hope Warcraft launches a new wave of fantasy films. Cause The hobbit trilogy so far has been passable but overall disappointing to me, and to the masses, hints its drop in box office gross.

      • Oh, Trey. Perhaps it has been disappointing to you, but you certainly don’t speak for the “masses”. No one here does. If anything, box office receipts do, and like I said, the sequel is now close to making a billion dollars. It was also better reviewed, by critics and fans, than films like MOS…

        • Oh Jeff, I never stated Man of Steel nor planned to. its reception by critics and fans have been far worse than the LOTR trilogy. A billion dollars doesnt justify the quality of the film just ask transformers, I was stated an opinion that has been tossed around by the masses, that the hobbit trilogy is far worse than the greatness of the original trilogy, and both critical reception and fan reaction can prove that opinion.

          • An opinion that I agree with.

  5. A R rated movie beat a Pg kids animated movie that looks appealing to mostly little kids. Is it opposite day?

  6. Something i didn’t get:
    when websites including this one writing box office bombs article(like 2013 biggest bombs and stuff like this) they constantly remind us that about half of the ticket sales goes to the theater and half to the studio. then they also remind us that the marketing campaign cost millions (and sometimes tenth of millions) as well.
    with that math a lot of article note that The lone ranger had to make 800 millions to be a profit to the studio (with a budget of about 200M).

    But every week I read here (and in Box office Mojo) stuff like ” The good news is the film will surpass its $28 million budget by next weekend.” Isn’t it a bad news??
    Doesn’t the film need to make at lest as twice of his budget to be profitable? where are all the marketing campaign money?? If we will apply the same math that as be done on The lone ranger or jhon carter the movie need to make 70M to be profitable.

    Something just doesn’t track up, can anyone explain this to me?

    • It depends on the movie. Some have huge marketing budgets, others have very small marketing budgets. Since very few studios broadcast their marketing budgets all we have to go by is the production budget.

      Saying the good news implies trying to find a positive in an otherwise bad situation. Finding the silver lining if you will. So, where 3 Days to Kill has only made a paltry amount of money in its first 3 weeks, it will surpass its budget which is something.

      • Plus, most articles are primarily about domestic box office hauls. Surpassing its budget and most of its marketing costs domestically, leaves you to only make money from foreign markets. Then after its run in theaters, the movie will play on multiple formats (DVD, TV, ondemand, Netflix) where it still takes in money for the studio. Eventually it will make its money. Then there is other incomes, such as posters, shirts and other merchandising of which the studios also make money.

  7. I thought this movie was pretty entertaining. The first movie was way better, but there is no way you can top the first one. I liked watching the Athenians in battle, they seemed less invincible compared to the Spartans. I’m not shocked this is doing well in the box office. It is exciting and it’s hard R with sex and gore. Plus you get to see boobies in 3-D.

  8. saw my first 2014 movie of the year since everything else looks terrible and so far non-stop was one
    heck of a thrill-ride. saw the need for speed trailer and looks like a fast and furious rippoff and gone in
    in sixty seconds ripoff. noah looks like my next film before captain america 2.

  9. Saw 300: Rise of an Empire today in Imax 3D. It was awesome! Eva Green was absolutely stunning. The fight scenes were choreographed and executed very well. The visuals were spot on in replicating what Snyder did in the first 300. Bloody and entertaining. Just an all around fun time.

  10. @Tal, yes you are correct. Half goes to the theaters, so 3 Days To Kill should not be considered a box office success.

    I think most of us went to go see the first 300 because of the – dare I say iconic – line “THIS, IS, SPAAARTAAAA!” That was something cool to see as Leonidas kicked the guy in the pit. Plus that was turned into a huge internet meme. Let’s face it, there have been better fights in other action movies, but 300 is still a stylish, visually impressive classic with engaging lead characters and a well paced story.

    From what I read, Eva Green is the reason to see this new movie, but it’s not made apparent that she’s the one you root for and get behind in the trailers. I think this is why people have a hard time liking the movie because the male lead is so boring, and visually the guy is not as magnetizing as Gerard’s Leonidas. Let’s also not forget Kratos from the God of War series was a big character at the time of 300′s release as well. A lot of us were wanting to see a bad ass, no nonsense, swords-and-sandals protagonist on the big screen. Gerard’s charisma was instantly recognizeable during the trailers. The new hero of 300: RoaE? He’s not selling me on seeing him in action.

    I’ll wait for it to hit home video.

  11. I’m sorry, but Peabody and Sherman was not really a success… It’s on the same level as Turbo, which was one of the bigger fails of 2013 (domestically). Even though 30m is a fine opening for an animated movie, it is quite low for dreamworks.