Weekend Wrap-Up

Need for Speed Lacks Fuel at Weekend Box Office

By John Hamann

March 16, 2014

We probably shouldn't be thinking about how his feet don't reach the pedals. Right?

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That puts Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club way down in fifth this weekend. Obviously, Single Moms wasn’t a draw for the Perry fan base, as this one managed only $8.3 million in ticket sales this weekend, albeit only from 1,896 venues. This marks the first time a Tyler Perry directed film has failed to open in the double digits, with Daddy’s Little Girls being the former lowest with an $11.2 million opening in 2007. The good news for Perry is that his next film is one where he doesn’t direct, as the multi-hyphenate appears in David Fincher’s next film, Gone Girl, due for release in the fall.

Sixth goes to The LEGO Movie, now in its sixth weekend. The LEGO Movie earned another $7.7 million as it dropped only 29% compared to its previous frame. From Warner Bros., The LEGO Movie has pulled in $236.9 million domestically, along with $141.5 million in foreign sales. That totals more than six times the production budget of $60 million.

Seventh is Son of God, as Jesus hangs in for a third weekend. The Fox release earned another $5.4 million, and brings its total up to $50.9 million.

Eighth goes to Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel, despite being out to only 66 venues, or 3,885 fewer than Mr. Peabody & Sherman. Grand Budapest Hotel took in $3.6 million from those 66 venues, giving it an average of $55,152. After two weekends in limited release, the Fox Searchlight release has earned $4.8 million, but has already earned $10 million from just a few territories overseas.


In ninth is Frozen, as the Disney feature manages to stay in the top ten all the way from opening weekend to its Blu-ray release date on Tuesday. Frozen earned another $2.1 million, declining only 28%, despite being in its 16th weekend of wide release. It has pulled in $396.4 million since its release began on November 22, 2013, and has also earned $630 million from overseas ticket buyers.

Tenth goes to the Kickstarter success story that is Veronica Mars. Despite being released on VOD the same day as in theaters, the Veronica Mars movie still earned $2 million from only 291 venues. Donors raised $5.7 million to bring the film to screen, so to have this success out of the gate should drive more filmmakers (and fans) toward this method of crowd-funding a film.

Overall this weekend, the top ten had some interesting stories in it, and the overall top 12 tally of $101.6 million beat last year’s score. A year ago, Oz the Great and Powerful was on top for a second weekend, with the top 12 pulling in $96.2 million. Next weekend brings Divergent, the latest YA attempt at success, and Muppets Most Wanted, the sequel to the 2011 reboot.

Top Weekend Box Office for 3/14/14-3/16/14 (Estimates)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 Mr. Peabody & Sherman DreamWorks $21,200,000 - 34% $63,179,900
2 300: Rise of an Empire WARNER BROS. $19,105,000 - 58% $78,311,000
3 Need For Speed DISNEY $17,808,000 New $17,808,000
4 Non-Stop UNIVERSAL $10,615,305 - 33% $68,805,115
5 Tyler Perry's the Single Moms Club Lionsgate $8,300,000 New $8,300,000
6 The Lego Movie WARNER BROS. $7,705,000 - 29% $236,932,000
7 Son of God Fox $5,400,000 - 48% $50,874,700
8 The Grand Budapest Hotel FOX SEARCHLIGHT $3,640,000 + 349% $4,779,000
9 Frozen DISNEY $2,117,000 - 28% $396,356,000
10 Veronica Mars WARNER BROS. $2,021,000 New $2,021,000
11 The Monuments Men SONY $2,000,000 - 35% $73,819,000
12 3 Days To Kill Relativity $1,700,000 - 44% $28,432,368
  Also Opening/Notables
  Bad Words Focus Features $120,000 New $120,000
  Le Week0end Music Box $45,000 New $45,000
  Art of the Steal Radius/twc $38,500 New $38,500
  Enemy A24 $18,000 New $18,000
  On My Way Cohen Media Group $11,065 New $11,065
  Big Men Abramorama $9,050 New $9,050
  Teenage Oscilloscope $8,000 New $8,000
  The Retrieval Variance $6,400 New $6,400
  The Lunchbox Sony Classics $97,386 - 15% $314,812
  Robocop MGM $850,000 - 58% $56,521,000
  About Last Night SONY $675,000 - 59% $47,821,000
  Ride Along New Line Cinema $1,402,880 - 31% $132,124,345
  12 Years a Slave FOX SEARCHLIGHT $1,180,000 - 44% $55,048,000
Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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