weekend box office Weekend Box Office: 300: Rise of An Empire Marches to Number OneWarner Bros.

The stylish combat film “300: Rise of An Empire” topped the box office with a strong debut of $ 45.1 million seven years after the original “300″ became an unlikely sensation. According to studio estimates Sunday, the “300″ sequel opened well below the $ 70.9 debut of Zac Snyder’s 2007 original. But the 3-D “Rise of an Empire” beat estimates and easily edged out the weekend’s other new wide release, “Mr. Peabody & Sherman.”

The movie adaptation of the ’60s cartoon opened in second place with $ 32.5 million. The Liam Neeson thriller “Non-Stop” slid to third place with $ 15.4 million in its second weekend.

In limited release, Wes Anderson’s European caper “The Grand Budapest Hotel” notched one of the highest per-screen averages ever. On four screens, it made an average of $ 200,000.

Top 10 at the Weekend Box Office
1. “300: Rise of An Empire” – $ 45.1 M
2. “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” – $ 32.5 M
3. “Non-Stop” – $ 15.4 M
4. “The LEGO Movie” – $ 11.0 M
5. “Son of God” – $ 10.0 M
6. “The Monuments Men” – $ 3.1 M
7. “3 Days to Kill” – $ 3.06 M
8. “Frozen” – $ 3.0 M
9. “12 Years a Slave” – $ 2.2 M
10. “Ride Along” – $ 2.0 M

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