“Mr. Peabody & Sherman” animated comedy tops U.S. box office

“Mr. Peabody & Sherman” animated comedy tops U.S. box office

PanARMENIAN.Net - Fox-DreamWorks Animation’s “Mr. Peabody and Sherman” will mark its territory as this weekend’s No. 1 movie with $21.2 million. Disney-DreamWorks’ “Need for Speed,” which had been the favorite to win the St. Patrick’s Day weekend, is now on track for a disappointing third place finish with a $17.8 million opening, Variety said.

Produced for approximately $145 million, the canine toon “Peabody” (A CinemaScore) has a two-week Stateside cume of $63 million — about 75% of the total domestic gross of Fox’s last pic, “Turbo” ($83 million). However, “Turbo” more than doubled that figure overseas with $283 million. “Peabody” earned an additional $15.3 million from 61 international markets.

The racecar actioner “Speed” (B+ CinemaScore) was the victor on Thursday, March 13 and Friday, but lost momentum along the way. It fared better internationally with $45.6 million. Scott Waugh’s pic debuted in almost every major overseas market. The movie opened no. 1 in China, where it earned $21.2 million. The actioner could experience a spike when it premieres in Germany, Spain, France, Korea and Japan.

With a $66 million price tag, the movie must get a second wind to be considered a win for DreamWorks following the commercial duds “The Fifth Estate” ($1.7 million opening) and “Delivery Man” ($8 million opening). It could see 3D boosts from 2,100 3D and 280 premium large-format screens as 3D accounted for 43% of this weekend’s gross.

Even with “Breaking Bad” alum Aaron Paul’s and the video game’s popularity, racecar pics don’t traditionally do well at the box office, with the exception of the “Fast and Furious” franchise. Universal’s last installment, “Fast & Furious 6,” opened to $97 million last May, later grossing $239 Stateside and $789 worldwide.

As expected, males comprised 70% of audiences. The age groups, on the other hand, were scattered with 28% 18-25 and another 28% 26-34. Additionally, 66% of the crowd consisted of couples.

The animated time-travel adventure “Peabody,” on the other hand, is family-friendly fare for children heading into spring vacation.

Despite a 58% percent dip, Warner Bros.-Legendary’s “300: Rises of an Empire” is still going strong in second place with an estimated $19.1 million. It conquered the box office, ahead of “Peabody,” last weekend. This brings its two-week domestic cume to $78.3 million thanks to 3D and premium large-format offerings. Imax showings could earn an additional $2.7 million. WB’s seven-month delay in releasing the film to convert it for 3D and Imax is clearly paying off.

“300″ also generated $41.3 million from 62 foreign markets, raising its international cume to $158 million.

The sword and sandal film comes seven years after the Gerard Butler-starrer “300” hit theaters, debuting domestically to $71 million in 2007 and ultimately amassing $456 million worldwide.

Meanwhile, Universal’s “Non-Stop” is proof of Liam Neeson’s pull. The action-thriller, which broke Warner Bros.-Village Roadshow’s “The Lego Movie’s” three-week winning streak earlier this month, is still a force to be reckoned with, on its way to earning $10.6 million (only down 33%) this weekend. It’s headed toward fourth place with a Stateside cume of $68.8 million.

Lionsgate’s “Tyler Perry’s Single Moms Club” is another under-performing pic. In fact, it’s gearing up to be Perry’s lowest opener to date as a director and the second lowest as a producer (“Tyler Perry Presents Peeples” bowed to $4.6 million) with a projected $8.3 million and fifth place finish. Despite its impressive A- CinemaScore, the comedy came in far behind Perry’s last release, “A Madea Christmas” ($16 million opening).

Perry’s previous female-targeted film, “Tyler Perry’s Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor,” hauled $22 million when it opened last March. Women comprised 79% of “Moms Club’s” audience and 80% of the crowd was over 25. This is Perry’s last film with Lionsgate.

Warner Bros.’ “Veronica Mars” earned $2 million this weekend — an almost $7,000 per-screen average. It made the top 10 by a hair.

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