Box office update: '300: Rise of an Empire' obliterates competition with a $17.7 million Friday


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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, PG-rated family romp seems to be connecting well with audiences who gave it an A Cinema Score. It should earn around $30 million by the time the weekend closes out.

Last weekend’s openers Non-Stop and Son of God fell to the third and fourth place spots, respectively. The Liam Neeson thriller dropped about 53 percent with a $4.7 million Friday, bringing its domestic total to $41 million. Meanwhile, Mark Burnett and Roma Downey’s biblical epic earned an estimated $2.7 million (down a staggering 72 percent). Rounding out the top five is The Lego Movie at $2.5 million. The tiny building blocks have stacked up nearly $216.6 in domestic earnings so far.

Here’s the top five:

1. 300: Rise of an Empire — $17.71 million
2. Mr. Peabody and Sherman – $8 million
3. Non-Stop – $4.7 million
4. Son of God – $2.7 million
5. The Lego Movie – $2.51 million

Finally, in the speciality box office world, Wes Anderson’s stylish caper The Grand Budapest Hotel opened in four theaters in New York and Los Angeles with a $260K Friday — a very impressive $65K per theater average. It’s currently on track to be one of the biggest limited release openings ever.

Check back in to tomorrow for weekend estimates.

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