While “The Lego Movie” is still going strong, this weekend is seeing a release of some straight competition for it: “Mr. Peabody and Sherman.” It’s an animated time travel family comedy that looks like fun. Similar films open at $38.1 million, and I think this has potential to hit around there, probably not pass $40 million because of the competition from “LEGO” (now at about $213 million domestically), but hit around there nonetheless. My prediction is $35.3 million.
The other new release this weekend is “300: Rise of an Empire,” the sequel to 2007’s smash hit that opened on the same weekend to the sound of $70 million. People love their war movies, but I wonder if people won’t dig this as much without the direction of Zack Snyder. This was supposed to be released in August of last year but was postponed to this weekend, so hopefully it’s worth the wait. (I really hope it’s good because I love the poster and it’d look awesome on my wall.) Similar films open at $32 million, a little less than half of 300‘s opening weekend. With the difference of seven years between this and the first film, it’s been able to muster quite the fanbase (it stands at a 7.8 on IMDb from over 450 thousand ratings), but this won’t have nearly as great as an opening weekend. An opening of $44.7 million sounds more likely.
Here’s how I see the Top 10:
1. 300: Rise of an Empire – $44.7 million
2. Mr. Peabody and Sherman – $35.3 million
3. Non-Stop – $15.68 million
4. The Lego Movie – $15.621 million
5. Son of God – $14.081 million (review coming in the a.m.)
6. The Monuments Men – $3.211 million
7. Frozen – $3.094 million
8. RoboCop – $2.254 million
9. 3 Days to Kill – $2.252 million
10. Pompeii – $2.001 million