Weekend Forecast: '300: Rise of an Empire' & 'Mr. Peabody & Sherman'
Featured Stories - on March 05, 2014 by BoxOffice Staff
300: Rise of an Empire and Mr. Peabody & Sherman open this weekend as March kicks off.
300: Rise of an Empire
- The original film was a breakout blockbuster, earning more than $71 million on opening weekend and $210 million domestically.
- The franchise's Facebook page has amassed an impressive 11.4 million fans.
- Adding 3D to the mix could help boost box office grosses.
- Without star Gerard Butler or the iconic marketing campaign of the original, will general audiences be interested?
- Initial fan reaction to the idea of a 300 sequel has never been overwhelmingly positive.
- Online tracking signs are mixed with Twitter activity lagging relative to most fanboy-friendly movies.
Mr. Peabody & Sherman
- The DreamWorks brand name still carries some significant weight with families.
- Animated films have generally been reaching or exceeding expectations for the past year. Will the trend continue?
- Those that have seen The LEGO Movie and Frozen multiple times now could be ready for a new offering.
- Online tracking signs have been mixed.
- The success of recent animated films is also a reason supporting the possibility of low demand on opening weekend.
- Although parents may be familiar with the property's "Rocky and Bullwinkle" origins, kids of today likely aren't.
Check out our complete weekend forecast in the table below.
|Title||Release Date||Distributor||Opening Weekend||Domestic Total through Sunday, March 9|
|300: Rise of an Empire||Mar 7, 2014||Warner Bros.
|Mr. Peabody & Sherman||Mar 7, 2014||Fox / DreamWorks Animation
|Non-Stop (2014)||Feb 28, 2014||Universal
|The LEGO Movie||Feb 7, 2014||Warner Bros.
|Son of God||Feb 28, 2014||Fox
|Frozen (2013)||Nov 22, 2013||Disney
|The Monuments Men||Feb 7, 2014||Sony / Columbia
|12 Years a Slave||Oct 18, 2013||Fox Searchlight
|3 Days to Kill||Feb 21, 2014||Relativity Media
|RoboCop (2014)||Feb 12, 2014||Sony / Columbia
Phil Contrino, Daniel Garris, Alex Edghill, and Shawn Robbins contributed to this report.