B.O. Roundup, March 14-16: 'Mr. Peabody & Sherman' Travel to the Top

Sunday, 16 March 2014 11:48 Written by  iamrogue
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B.O. Roundup, March 14-16: 'Mr. Peabody & Sherman' Travel to the Top

Hey marshmallows, the Veronica Mars movie managed to crack the top ten.

Speaking of exceptional motion pictures that show up on the domestic box office toppers despite playing in a minute fraction of the theaters as, say Mr. Peabody & Sherman, Wes Anderson's latest, The Grant Budapest Hotel, also made a huge impression in limited release.

Yes, the big news this weekend concerns films on the back half of the top ten.  Up top, the animated adventures of a genius dog and adopted human jumped from second to first, swapping places with 300: Rise of an Empire and consigning new release Need for Speed to third place.

After debuting in second place last week, Mr. Peabody & Sherman added 17 screens and reversed last weekend's top two, taking first place with an estimated $21.2 million.  That brings the ten-day total of the 3D animated adventure to $63.1 million in the U.S. and Canada.  The Rob Minkoff-directed family film held strong, shedding only 34% of its audience and benefiting from positive word of mouth.

The 300 sequel, meanwhile, simply didn't hold as strong, declining 57% from its first weekend atop the North American charts.  The follow-up, which finds Noam Murro tagging in for Zack Snyder as director, posted an estimated $19.1 million from 3,490 locations, bringing its domestic ten-day total to $78.3 million.

Going into the weekend, pretty much everybody's money was on Need for Speed to take the top spot.  Based on a bestselling video game franchise and starring Aaron Paul, the actioner looked like the only choice to claim the top spot, but it failed to draw young male moviegoers and had to settle for number three.  The movie – a cross-country race for vengeance featuring largely practical stunt work instead of CGI – earned an estimated $17.8 million from 3,115 theaters.  Don't cry for Need for Speed, though, as it's doing gangbusters business abroad.  Outside of America, the film grossed $45.6 million.

Tyler Perry's Single Moms Club, meanwhile, opened at 1,896 theaters in the U.S. and Canada, from which it drew a $8.3 million, according to current estimates.  That puts it in fifth place between Non-Stop and The Lego Movie.

In eighth place we find Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel, which opened in just four theaters to tremendous reviews and a remarkable per-theater average last weekend.  Expanding to 66 locations, The Grand Budapest Hotel enjoyed by far the strongest per-theater average this weekend, grossing $3.6 million (that's about $55,000 per-screen).

And then, finally, there's Veronica Mars, the high school private eye who enjoyed three seasons on UPN and the CW before being cancelled an revived as a movie thanks to Kickstarter.  The theatrical haul was seriously diluted by the instant availability of the film online, but still Veronica Mars brought in an estimated $2.0 million from just 291 AMC theaters.  Pretty impressive for a series that shook loose this mortal coil back in 2007.  Audiences, it seems, just can't get enough of Kristen Bell.  Or Dick Casablancas.

Here are the top ten movies in America and Canada for the weekend of March 14th through 16th:

1. Mr. Peabody & Sherman....................................$21.2 million..............$63.1 million

2. 300: Rise of an Empire......................................$19.1 million..............$78.3 million

3. Need for Speed..................................................$17.8 million..............New Release

4. Non-Stop............................................................$10.6 million..............$68.8 million

5. Tyler Perry's The Single Moms Club..................$8.3 million................New Release

6. The Lego Movie..................................................$7.7 million................$236.9 million

7. Son of God..........................................................$5.4 million................$50.8 million

8. The Grand Budapest Hotel................................$3.6 million................$4.7 million

9. Frozen................................................................$2.1 million................$396.3 million

10. Veronica Mars..................................................$2.0 million................New Release

The Friday to come finds Divergent and Muppets Most Wanted joined the fray in wide release, with the great Bad Words expanding.  Of course, we're all going to be seeing Jodorowsky's Dune in limited release.


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