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300 Sequel Fails to Rise to Original’s Glory

By John Hamann

March 9, 2014

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Son of God drops to fifth for Fox, as the bottom drops out for the faith-based film. After opening to $25.6 million last weekend, Son of God earns only $10 million this weekend, dropping 60%. Considering the majority of the film was pulled from a mini-series and had a reported budget of $22 million, those behind it should be happy with a gross so far of $41.5 million.

The rest of the top ten are the also rans, all earning around $3 million or less. The Monuments Men, in its fifth weekend, earned another $3.1 million. It fell 37% compared to last weekend, but has a domestic cume of $70.6 million against a $70 million budget. It has also rung up $39 million in overseas sales.

Seventh is Relativity’s 3Days to Kill. It earned another $3.06 million this weekend and dropped 38%. The $28 million Kevin Costner release has pulled in $25.6 million, so will have to rely on overseas markets to find a profit. Given the title and the reviews, this is a result everyone should be happy with.

Eighth is Frozen, now in its 15th weekend of wide release and still in the top ten, despite Mr. Peabody & Sherman and The LEGO Movie. Frozen earned another $3.01 million and was off 17% compared to the previous frame. It has a domestic gross of $393.1 million and international earnings of about $616 million. At this rate, $400 million domestic will be tough to hit, but heck, this is Frozen, so anything could happen.


Ninth is Best Picture winner 12 Years a Slave. Despite coming out on home video last Tuesday, 12 Years was still able to pull in $2.2 million this weekend. That’s an uptick of 123% as Fox Searchlight added 700 theaters this weekend. The gross moves the award winner’s total up to $53.1 million, and has also earned $90 million overseas, against a budget of only $20 million.

Finally in tenth is Ride Along. The Universal comedy featuring Kevin Hart and Ice Cube spends a final weekend in the top ten with a total of $2.004 million. It's in a virtual tie with RoboCop, which earned $2 million flat. Ride Along has earned $130 million to date, while RoboCop's domestic total is $54.7 million (along with $136 million overseas).

In limited release this weekend, Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest Hotel was swinging for the record books in limited release. Out to only four theaters, the follow up to the under-appreciated Moonrise Kingdom earned a wild $800,000, giving it a venue average of $200,000. That's a record for best average for a live-action release, besting Anderson's previous record holder Moonrise Kingdom, which had a location average of $130,749.

Overall this weekend, the box office failed to stay on par with last year when Oz the Great and Powerful opened. The top 12 films this year brought in $130.9 million, where last year, Oz led them to $128.3 million. Next weekend we get a video game adaption in Need for Speed (with Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul in the driver’s seat) and another Tyler Perry film, this time called The Single Mom’s Club.

Top Weekend Box Office for 3/7/14-3/9/14 (Estimates)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 300: Rise of an Empire WARNER BROS. $45,050,000 New $45,050,000
2 Mr. Peabody & Sherman DreamWorks $32,500,000 New $32,500,000
3 Non-Stop UNIVERSAL $15,378,220 - 47% $52,117,145
4 The Lego Movie WARNER BROS. $11,005,000 - 47% $224,972,000
5 Son of God Fox $10,000,000 - 61% $41,494,900
6 The Monuments Men SONY $3,100,000 - 37% $70,602,000
7 3 Days To Kill Relativity $3,062,000 - 38% $25,556,217
8 Frozen DISNEY $3,010,000 - 17% $393,051,000
9 12 Years a Slave FOX SEARCHLIGHT $2,175,000 + 123% $53,107,000
10 Ride Along New Line Cinema $2,004,345 - 34% $129,968,425
11 Robocop MGM $2,000,000 - 56% $54,746,000
12 About Last Night SONY $1,650,000 - 51% $46,498,000
  Also Opening/Notables
  The Grand Budapest Hotel FOX SEARCHLIGHT $800,000 New $800,000
  Particle Fever Abramorama/bond 360 $34,804 New $34,804
  Stalingrad SONY $105,000 - 79% $863,000
  Repentance Codeblack Films $290,000 - 42% $912,097
  The Lunchbox Sony Classics $100,000 + 125% $165,000
  Pompeii SONY $1,600,000 - 63% $21,068,000
  The Wind Rises DISNEY $871,000 - 43% $3,317,000
  The Wolf of Wall Street PARAMOUNT $700,000 - 43% $115,703,000
  American Hustle SONY $1,100,000 - 43% $148,431,000
  Her WARNER BROS. $264,000 - 37% $25,000,000
  Philomena Weinstein Co. $708,000 - 41% $35,931,747
  Nebraska PARAMOUNT $200,000 - 49% $17,482,000
  Dallas Buyers Club Focus Features $637,000 + 47% $26,206,607
  Gravity WARNER BROS. $900,000 + 1% $271,813,000
Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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