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March 16, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Box-office pundits had predicted on Friday that three films would be closely competing for the top spot, each with about $20-25 million. As it turned out, according to studio estimates, only one earned more than $20 million, and it was the one that was given the least chance of rising to the top. That film was DreamWorks Animation’s Mr. Peabody and Sherman, which earned $21.2 million in its second weekend. Coming in second was the third weekend of 300: Rise of an Empire, which brought in a so-so $19.1 million. Landing in third place was the film most forecasters had chosen as the favorite to place first — Need for Speed, which got off to a slow $17.8 million, making it the latest videogame-to-movie to crash in sight of the green flag. But the biggest wreck of the weekend was Tyler Perry’s Single Moms Club, which opened with $8.3 million — the poorest opening ever for a Tyler Perry film. On the other hand, Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel enjoyed another impressive outing. Expanding to 66 screens, the film earned $3.6 million, or an average of $55,152 per screen, good enough for eighth place. No film playing in more than 50 theaters has ever done as well, according to Box Office Mojo. The Kickstarter-funded Veronica Mars also made it into the top ten (at tenth place), with $2.02 million or about $7,000 per theater. It also debuted on video-on-demand.

The top ten films for the weekend, according to studio estimates compiled by Rentrak:
1. Mr. Peabody & Sherman, $21.2 million; 2. 300: Rise of an Empire, $19.1 million; 3. Need for Speed, $17.8 million; 4. Non-Stop, $10.6 million; 5. The Single Moms Club, $8.3 million; 6. The Lego Movie, $7.7 million; 7. Son of God, $5.4 million; 8. The Grand Budapest Hotel, $3.6 million; 9. Frozen, $2.1 million; 10. Veronica Mars, $2 million.