Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: March 16th, 2014

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There were some big surprises at the box office this weekend, as the older films capitalized on the struggles of the new releases.

Coming in at number 1 is Mr. Peabody & Sherman with $21 million. As the big budget action flicks jockey for a male-dominated audience, it is once again the animated film that sneaks past them all and takes first place. DreamWorks Animation’s latest is now at $63 million domestic and $148 million worldwide.

300: Rise of an Empire comes in at number 2 with $19.1 million. Although this sequel is well behind its predecessor in terms of overall and second weekend gross, 300: Rise of an Empire is still doing very well with $78 million earned thus far.

This week’s big release, Need for Speed (read our review), comes in at a disappointing number 3 with only $17.8 million. Coming out of Friday it looked like Need for Speed might be able to sustain a first place debut, but poor Saturday and Sunday numbers killed any of those hopes.

What’s more, Need for Speed‘s hopes at reinvigorating the video game adaptation genre are dashed right at the starting line. The film will be lucky to cross $50 million total and will ultimately take a loss off its $68 million budget.

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In at number 4 is Non-Stop with $10.6 million. Now at $68 million, Non-Stop proves that Liam Neeson can still headline a successful action film that isn’t titled Taken. Whether or not that will continue to be true, however, is another issue entirely.

Rounding out the top 5 is Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club with $8.3 million. Although this film’s isn’t the worse opening for a Tyler Perry movie, it is still a far cry from the best and emblematic of a recent downward trend for the director. Either audiences have had enough of Tyler Perry, or his choice of subject matters aren’t as appealing as they once were.

The LEGO Movie is the number 6 film this weekend with $7.7 million. Even with Mr. Peabody & Sherman stealing the bulk of its audience, The LEGO Movie is still posting solid numbers. The film is now at $236 million and still building on its lead as the top film of 2014.

Son of God comes in at number 7 with $5.4 million. Fox’s feature film re-cut of The Bible miniseries has done very well for itself, pulling in $50 million thus far.

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Coming in at number 8 is The Grand Budapest Hotel with $3.6 million. Wes Anderson’s latest film continues to post very strong per screen averages, and seemingly has nothing but success in its future as it continues to expand. We’re not talking big numbers here – thus far the film has earned $4 million – but great by art house standards.

In at number 9 is Frozen with $2.1 million, which brings its domestic total up to $396 million. More importantly, though, Frozen has moved up to number 15 on the all-time highest grossing list for worldwide releases with $1.026 billion.

Rounding out the top 10 is Veronica Mars (read our review) with $2.02 million on just 291 screens. Although most who backed the film through Kickstarter received a download link, there was still also some casual interest from general audiences. Whether or not this Veronica Mars‘ performance proves the crowd-funding model has some viability is yet to be determined, but a top 10 debut is no small feat regardless of the film.


[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 17th – at which time we’ll update this post with any changes.]

Source: Box Office Mojo

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  1. I never thought Need For Speed would boost the video game film genre. That will happen next year with Assassin’s Creed and Warcraft. Hopefully anyway.

  2. I’m surprised at Frozen taking so much money. Trailers didn’t look good, avoided it, finally heard the song from the film a few weeks ago and found it to be horrible and someone who normally loves animated movies aimed at children that Disney releases told me I was doing the right thing in avoiding it because it’s terrible, even by her incredibly low standards.

    Need For Speed….not surprised, big dumb fight scenes have replaced big dumb car chases as the popular thing, which is why F&F moved away from it some time back. I hope next year’s video game movie (Assassin’s Creed) isn’t weighed down by this movie’s performance.

    • Yeah, Froze was pretty horrible. I thought I might be pleasantly surprised, but I was disappointingly let down. So much cheesy lovey dovey predictability. I’m baffled that it made so much and won the Oscar. I can see how kids would love it, but not adults. Monsters U was much better, and even the phone-in Despicable Me 2 surpassed it. And it doesn’t even hold a candle to Lego Movie.

      • wow!
        I’m really surprised to read both of your replies.

        I heard nothing but great and grand things about Frozen before watching it.
        Then I watched it and… I hated the movie. I really did. I usually love animated films but this one got under my skin. I’d even take Free Birds over Frozen.
        I hate the academy awards too though, they can’t be trusted. Our opinions are rarely in sync.

        Pleased to see I wasn’t the only one disappointed. Huh…

    • I just want to point out something where you said you avoided it because the trailers looked terrible. I’m in the crowd that didn’t go see it because I didn’t think the trailers looked good either, so I can’t personally speak to the film’s quality. But I’ve heard A LOT of people, both critics I trust and close friends of mine, tell me how they thought the movie looked dumb from the trailers, but then they watched it and loved it. I trust their recommendations, so I’m going to watch it myself this week now that it’s on DVD. Not saying you have to as well, just that if you’re avoiding it solely on the fact that you didn’t like the trailer (or the “Let it Go” song which numerous people have told me is far from the best song in the movie), maybe you should give it a chance. You might see what all of the buzz is about, and might actually find you like it.

      I should also add that this is my exact story when it came to Dredd. Didn’t see it because I thought it looked terrible from the trailers, heard it was amazing through word of mouth, gave it a chance and watched it, winded up loving it. Maybe Frozen can be the same for you.

      • Thing for me is, I trust my gut when I watch trailers and am absolutely correct 98% of the time so in the case of Dredd, I saw the trailer and knew I wanted to see it and walked out of the cinema with my Film Of The Year.

        • You might be going into certain movies with too much of a bias then. Sometimes if you go into a movie determined to love it or hate it and refuse to have an open mind about it, chances are you’re going to feel exactly how you wanted to about it as part of some self-fulfilling prophecy.

          I don’t mean that in an insulting way or anything by the way. Absolutely if you know what strikes your interest, that’s great. Keep watching or not watching whatever you like. I just try to get people to give something a chance if I feel they may have not gotten the right idea about it off of a first impression.

      • I had a similar experience with Rush, in that the trailer didn’t really interest me, but I saw it because of recommendation (on the comments on this site actually) and I ended up really liking it.

        For Frozen, it was the exact opposite. I actually avoided trailers because I had heard it was good and wanted to go in without expectations, and I was thoroughly disappointed. I did like the “Let It Go” song though.

  3. Need for speed probably won’t hurt video game adaptations. It opened really strong in China and some other countries.

    Interesting point: Frozen opened higher than monsters university in Japan. MU earned 90m in its Japanese run. If it will follow that pattern it will end up as the 9th highest grossing movie ever.

    One thing though;
    Single moms club is Perry’s lowest debut. Peeples is not really a Tyler Perry movie, they just put his name on it so it would sell better.

    Lionsgate did a good job when they weren’t extending their contract.

  4. NFS deserved to do better. Sure it was mindless action and cool cars going fast, but that was the point, and it did it well – and even had some good comedy too. It does not deserve to lose money by any means.

    • I saw it this week and loved every minute, but I’m pretty sure I’m in the minority.

  5. I was hoping the 300 sequel would pick up more sales during spring break. loved the cinematography of the movie and eva green performance.

  6. Liam Neeson can cut grass and pull in numbers

    • Amen to that lol

  7. I think St. Patrick’s events put movie-going on the back burner.