Create Game Lists on
FilmCrave home
   Movies  Members
Search +
Searching... Close  
Are you sure you want to delete this comment?
  Login Using Facebook

Weekend Box Office: Mr. Peabody and Sherman Grab Top Spot as Need for Speed Breaks Down

View Chris Kavan's Profile

By Chris Kavan - 03/16/14 at 09:42 PM CT

Even though 300 fired up the box office last weekend, it was the family audience who had the biggest impact at the theaters this weekend. Meanwhile, the two new films failed to spark much excitement while Wes Anderson's latest continues to do monster business in limited release. All told, March may have roared in like a lion, but this week things quieted down quite a bit. Next week should provide some much-needed fireworks to get the month back on track.


It's no question that family-oriented films tend to do better at the box office than most competitors - and the second weekend proves that point. After opened up behind 300 last weekend, the animated duo of Peabody and Sherman took the top spot this weekend with a $21.2 million bow - down just 34.2%. That hold is better than The Croods (which dropped 39% in its second weekend) and on par with How to Train Your Dragon (which dipped 34%). The animated film has now brought in $63.18 million and it should be able to top the $100 million mark by the time it leaves theaters.


After a nice start last weekend, the 300 sequel took a pretty big 58% hit to drop to second place. That is a little steeper than the original film, which only dropped 54%. Rise of an Empire took in $19.1 million to give it a new total of $78.3 million and is still on course to at least make back its $110 million budget. Action movies always tend to be front-loaded and 300 was no exception. Even with competition, however, it should be able to stick around for at least a few more weeks.


Aaron Paul may have made a good impression on Breaking Bad, but he wasn't a big enough draw to make Need for Speed a hit at the box office. Opening at $17.8 million - it couldn't match the opening of the lowest-grossing Fast and Furious film (Tokyo Drift - $24 million) - and in terms of video game adaptations, was right in line with Resident Evil ($17.7 million) and Max Payne ($17.6 million). Even though that point wasn't emphasized, it's just another in a lone line of mediocre video game adaptations. The most likely scenario is that general audiences likely sniffed out this was a pretty blatant Fast and Furious clone - and like all copies - was never going to be as good as the original. The audience was made up mostly of men (70%) and steered toward slightly older (55% over 25) and they awarded it a so-so"B+" Cinemascore. That means it's not going to get any sort of word-of-mouth bump, and it will probably land somewhere shy of the $50 million mark.


Even though it had not one, but two competitors this weekend, the Liam Neeson-led Non-Stop managed an impressive hold, dropping just 33% in its third weekend out. With another $10.6 million in the bank, its total rose to $68.6 million - and surpassed the last collaboration between Neeson and director Jaume Collet-Serra - as Unknown only took in $63.6 million. It's looking like Non-Stop is well on its way to $75 million - and should it hold up well enough, don't be surprised if it flirts with the $100 million mark.


For those (like me) who never got Tyler Perry's brand of humor, maybe it's about time everyone else caught up. Perry's Single Moms Club opened to just $8.3 million - that is the worst opening for the director yet, topping the previous holder of that title Daddy's Little Girls (which opened to $11.2 million back in 2007). It's the latest misfire for Perry who also had a hard time with Peeples (which he produced - and ultimately wound up making less than $10 million) and his last Madea film, A Madea Christmas, barely crossed the $50 million mark. The man has churned (yes, I'm using that verb) out 16 films in the last eight years - maybe it's time for him to slow down a little and focus on quality over quantity - if that is possible. If nothing else, at least it seems everyone else is getting a bit tired of him and that's a club I will gladly join.

Outside the top five: Wes Anderson's Grand Budapest Hotel expanded to 66 theaters, and jumped from 17th to 8th place in the process. If you recall, the limited opening was highly impressive - and it continued to show very strong returns. At $3.64 million, Grand Budapest had a $55,152-per-theater average - and that is a new record for any film playing in 50+ theaters. Next week the film will continue to expand (up to 275 locations) and it's only a matter of time before it makes it to my area - and I have to say, the anticipation is killing me.

Veronica Mars managed to bring out the fanbase as the loyal "Marshmellows" gave the film an opening of $2.02 million (10th place) - at 291 locations. The film is more of an experiment than anything else, as it was released on VOD at the same time. It will be interesting to see where it ultimately winds up - but no matter what the final tally, the fans are the real winners here.

Next week sees the premiere of Divergent - which is the latest YA adaptation - but I have a feeling that unlike Mortal Instruments and Beautiful Creatures - this has the best chance yet of joining the likes of The Hunger Games and Twilight in becoming the "next big thing". Granted, I think having Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller both on board (who were both amazing in The Spectacular Now) helps - but, even if I don't end up going to the theater, I'm rooting for this one. For the family, there is also Muppets Most Wanted - which should win the family crowd over.


Avoid spam Captcha: Sign Up + or Log In +   

Recent Blog Posts

All Posts

November 2018

October 2018

September 2018

August 2018

July 2018

June 2018

May 2018

April 2018

March 2018

February 2018

January 2018

December 2017

November 2017

October 2017

September 2017

August 2017

July 2017

June 2017

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017

December 2016

November 2016

October 2016

September 2016

August 2016

July 2016

June 2016

May 2016

April 2016

March 2016

February 2016

January 2016

December 2015

November 2015

October 2015

September 2015

August 2015

July 2015

June 2015

May 2015

April 2015

March 2015

February 2015

January 2015

December 2014

November 2014

October 2014

September 2014

August 2014

July 2014

June 2014

May 2014

April 2014

March 2014

February 2014

January 2014

December 2013

November 2013

October 2013

September 2013

August 2013

July 2013

June 2013

May 2013

April 2013

March 2013

February 2013

January 2013

December 2012

November 2012

October 2012

September 2012

August 2012

July 2012

June 2012

May 2012

April 2012

March 2012

February 2012

January 2012

December 2011

November 2011

October 2011

September 2011

August 2011

July 2011

June 2011

May 2011

April 2011

March 2011

February 2011

January 2011

December 2010

November 2010

October 2010

September 2010

August 2010

July 2010

June 2010

May 2010

April 2010

March 2010

February 2010

Log In
Help on how to log into FilmCrave
Login with Facebook
Login with FilmCrave
What Members Are Doing
Movie Talk
New Movie Reviews
New Movie Lists
Movies of 2013 by Stoney McStonerson
2018: Best to Worst by Nolane
movies of 2010 by skater4159
Films I've seen in 2018 by aickman
Top Movie List by Ben
Best films of 2014 by Daniel
Top Romance Movies by Rod
Movies I've Watched by Chris Ghost




Contact FilmCrave Public Relations    

Advertise and Business

Developer API

Contact Us


About us



Support FilmCrave

FAQ and Help

News and Press

Terms of Use


Are you sure you want to delete this comment?
Are you sure you want to delete this blog?