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Box office report: 'Mr. Peabody and Sherman' beats 'Need for Speed' to finish line with $21.2 million; Tyler Perry flops

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It was not a good weekend to be a new movie in wide release at the box office. The world’s smartest animated dog took the lead  this weekend and left Need for Speed in the dust, while Tyler Perry’s The Single Mom’s Club missed the mark and now has the dubious honor of being his lowest opening ever.

Mr. Peabody and Sherman came out on top in its second weekend in theaters with $21.2 million from 3,951 locations. The $145 million DreamWorks Animation pic dropped 34.2 percent from last week’s opening, putting its domestic total at $63.2 million. The real test will be how it stands up to Muppets Most Wanted next weekend — its first real new competition. That could be an indicator of its longterm theatrical legs.

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Box office update: 'Need for Speed' takes the lead on Friday with $6.6 million, 'Veronica Mars' debuts at $1 million

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Need for Speed kicked into high gear on Friday and opened on top with an estimated $6.64 million, but the weekend winner is still undetermined. Last weekend’s top earners, 300: Rise of an Empire and Mr. Peabody and Sherman, are trailing close behind the Aaron Paul pic, and any are fair game for first place based on Friday estimates.

Adapted from the popular EA video game, Need for Speed may not even pass $20 million this weekend. Initial estimates put the car pic in the mid- to high-$20s range, but based on the soft Friday opening, that’s looking unlikely. With an estimated $65 million price tag, a mid-$20s opening was key. This could signal that it’s not actually a potential franchise for DreamWorks and distributor Disney.

EW’s Keith Staskiewicz noted the trend of failed video game adaptations in his C review, writing: Need for Speed is just another pileup in Hollywood’s long accident report of taking games from the couch to the theater seat.” On the whole, reviews have been somewhat dismal, but audiences might disagree. It may be currently hovering around 23% on Rotten Tomatoes, but Friday theater goers gave it a B+ Cinema Score.

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Box office preview: 'Need for Speed' revs up for No. 1

It’s another testosterone-driven weekend at the multiplexes as the video game-turned-movie Need for Speed faces off against last week’s reigning box office conqueror 300: Rise of an Empire.

The question is whether or not Aaron Paul, beloved as the tragic Jesse Pinkman on Breaking Bad, can carry a movie. The idea of a star-driven film is a bit of an outdated mentality, but choosing Paul to lead a fairly expensive action pic was at turns unconventional and bold. It’s also a lot of pressure, especially if DreamWorks and EA are eyeing a potential franchise in the vein of the insanely successful Fast & Furious films.

Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club also opens in under 2,000 locations for Lionsgate and the female-driven pic hopes to reach a very different audience, but it’s unlikely to beat the 3-D cars to the finish line.

Here’s how things might play out.

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Box office report: '300: Rise of an Empire' conquers the weekend with $45 million; 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' sets record

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300: Rise of an Empire speared its competition and kept on raking in the dollars on its opening weekend.

Warner Bros. and Legendary’s hyper-stylized 3-D sequel earned an estimated $45 million from 3,470 theaters. Despite lackluster reviews, audiences turned out in droves to watch Eva Green’s Atremisia and the rest of the scantily clad warriors take to the sea for battle in the $108 million pic. Smart People director Noam Murro took the helm from Zack Snyder this time around — though Snyder produced and wrote the film. Audiences (62 percent male) slapped the epic with a B Cinema Score.

The lure of IMAX helped. The 342 IMAX screens brought in $6.8 million (or 15 percent) of the film’s weekend earnings, while 3-D showings accounted for 63 percent of the grosses. 300: Rise of an Empire is also performing quite well internationally with $87.8 million from 58 markets. Still, it doesn’t even come close to Zack Snyder’s $70 million March 2007 opening for 300. Nevertheless, the sequel should enjoy a healthy box office life.

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

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.

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Critical Mass: Can Greece lightning strike twice in '300: Rise of an Empire'?

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The first 300 was an uncompromising paean to glorious graphic-novel imagery, infused with music-video sensibility and CGI magic. Zack Snyder’s adaptation of Frank Miller’s bloody tale, which chronicles the Spartans’ noble defeat at Thermopylae in 480 B.C., splattered the box office in 2007, grossing $201.6 million and making Gerard Butler’s abs more famous than Gerard Butler. 300: Rise of the Empire is a prequel, sequel, and side-quel to that tale.

Butler’s King Leonidas is dead, but Athens’ general Themistokles (Strike Back‘s Sullivan Stapleton) rallies the fractured Greeks at sea against the invading Persian armada, led by Artemisia, a vengeful Greek orphan played with relish by Eva Green. The pre-se-side-quel explains her defection to the Persians, as well as her stepbrother’s (Rodrigo Santoro) transformation from heir to the throne into the giant golden god Xerxes after his father is killed in battle.

Snyder co-wrote the script, but he handed the camera to Noam Murro, a commercial actor who also directed Smart People. That 2008 dramedy, starring Dennis Quaid and Ellen Page, was short on decapitations and homo-eroticism, but he’s clearly up to speed on both for this assignment. “Murro uses 3-D to up the wow factor even further [than Snyder's razzle-dazzle Spartan bloodfest],” writes EW’s Chris Nashawaty. “There’s so much crimson gore flying off the screen you feel as if you should be wearing a tarp like the folks in the front row of a Gallagher show.”

To paraphrase Leonidas, “This! Is! SPARTA!… Sorta.” Same splashy violence, with a dash of S&M that will surely land Green multiple MTV Movie Award nominations. Click below to see what some of the nation’s leading film critics are saying about Rise of an Empire before heading to the theater. READ FULL STORY

Box office preview: '300: Rise of an Empire' battles 'Mr. Peabody & Sherman' for first place

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After a modest February, things should start picking up across the board at the box office as we enter March. This weekend, Warner Bros. and Legendary’s macho sequel 300: Rise of an Empire debuts against DreamWorks’ animated family pic Mr. Peabody & Sherman. Clearly neither are going after the same audience, and both are primed to hit decent $30 plus million debuts, but the Greeks versus Persians sword-and-sandals epic is going to win the weekend and redeem the genre from Pompeii‘s and Hercules‘ poor 2014 box office showings.

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Watch the new '300: Rise of an Empire' trailer -- VIDEO

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From the looks of the new trailer for 300: Rise of an Empire, we’re in for a lot of slow-motion battle scenes and sprawling landscape shots come March 7, when the movie hits theaters. Starring Eva Green and Sullivan Stapleton, 300: Rise of an Empire will be available for viewing in both 3D and IMAX 3D. Watch the trailer below: READ FULL STORY

'300 Rise of an Empire' trailer: Eva Green lets slip the dogs of war -- VIDEO

The first trailer for 300: Rise of an Empire, the sidequel to Zack Snyder’s 2007 blockbuster about the brave Spartans who died a noble death at the Battle of Thermopylae, let Lena Headey’s Queen Gorgo set the tone with her voiceover. In the new clip for the movie, the tables are turned, and Persia’s blood-thirsty naval gladiatrix Artemisia (Eva Green) explains the stakes. “Today we will dance across the backs of dead Greeks,” she says. “I will attack the Greeks with my entire navy.”

…but before that, I will make out with Themistocles (Sullivan Stapleton), the dreamy Greek general who picks up his sword to avenge the fallen 300 and unite the Greeks against the Persians.

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'Godzilla,' 'Warcraft,' Tom Cruise, and Batman: Ranking the buzz from the Warner Bros./Legendary program

Saturday is the busiest and buzziest day of Comic-Con, with the major studios taking over the massive Hall H with a varied slate of mega-budget blockbuster hopefuls, genre curios, remakes, cartoons, potential Oscar nominees, and January dumping-ground dreck. The Warner Bros./Legendary program, which kicked off today’s Hall H schedule featured six full panels and a sneak peek-ish original scene from a long-in-the-works videogame adaptation — the studio wound up conquering Twitter just by putting a couple of logos together.

Obviously, it would be ridiculous to offer any kind of qualitative assessment of these projects: Comic-Con panels are basically extended infomercials (albeit occasionally very charming infomercials). But here’s a semi-scientific ranking of how much positive buzz each project generated. (Fun Fact: Batman appears in at least two of these projects.
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