Rounding out the weekend of March 9, 2014, 300: Rise of an Empire dominated over its competitors, leaving the box office battlefield victorious. Box Office Aftermath is an ongoing column dedicated to recapping the weekend’s total ticket sales. Each week, combatants enter the cinematic war zone, bloodthirsty for your cash. But there can only be one true winner. In Box Office Aftermath, we will take a look at the numbers, how previous contenders fared, and provide a brief analysis of the results.
Stylistic offerings of blood and boobs won as 300: Rise of an Empire slayed its opponents in the cinematic arena this weekend (full movie review here). Taking in a debut haul of $45.03 million, no one was able to match the power of Rise of an Empire. However, opening the same weekend as the original, it is far behind that of 300, which took in $70.9 million its first weekend.
Mr. Peabody & Sherman made sure the kiddies were well entertained, with a total gross of $32.2 million. It took in less than half of that which The LEGO Movie debuted at – it placed fourth this weekend – but still a decent turn out for a property that had little appeal. Sadly, it will be a tough battle to reach its $145 million production budget, where as The LEGO Movie, in its fifth weekend, has almost quadrupled it’s $60 million budget.
In its second weekend, Non-Stop fell to third place, losing nearly half of its audience. Grossing $15.82 million, the Liam Neeson thriller has surpassed its reported production budget of $50 million. As the sixteenth highest grossing film for Neeson, on the pace that it is going it should break his top 10 with Gangs of New York sitting at $77 million (non-calculating inflation) for its lifetime gross.
Rounding out the top five this weekend is Son of God. The made for TV summarized drama took a steep hit losing nearly 60 percent of its audience, walking away with $10.37 million.
With the Oscars behind us, and after its Best Picture victory, 12 Years a Slave returned to 654 theaters and earned a decent $2.11 million to claim ninth place. Frozen, the Oscar winner for Best Animated Feature Film, hung in at eighth place, taking home $2.95 million. It’s also good to note, which I forgot to mention last weekend, Frozen has crossed over the $1 billion mark.
The Grand Budapest Hotel opened to a grand debut for Wes Anderson in just four theaters. Budapest took home an average of $202,792 per theater, and a total of $811,166 which is the biggest debut for the director’s filmography and tops Moonrise Kingdom by almost $300 thousand.
(Click the image below to enlarge the charts. All figures are domestic box office results.)
Until the next weekend bout, this has been your Box Office Aftermath.
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Source: Box Office Mojo