Box Office Breakdown: Incumbents Mr. Peabody and Rise of an Empire Remain Strong, While Need for Speed Fails to Critically or Financially Impress
Video game and Breaking Bad enthusiasts failed to support DreamWorks’ racing actioner Need For Speed (24% on RT) this weekend. The film took in only $17.8 million from its domestic box office opening. Prerelease tracking suggested that the Aaron Paul starring vehicle would take in between $25 million to $30 million. However, the film grossed $45.6 million in overseas markets, making it slightly more successful then DreamWorks’ recent misfires The Fifth Estate ($1.7 million opening) and Delivery Man ($8 million opening).
It seems that males between the ages of 18 and 34 preferred action in the form of finely chiseled abs and aging Oscar winners-turned-action stars, as Warner Brothers’ 300: Rise of an Empire (42% on RT) and Universal’s Non-Stop (60% on RT) took in a healthy $19.1 million and $10.6 million respectively.
In obscure 1960’s animated remake news, DreamWorks Animation and Fox’s Mr. Peabody & Sherman (77% on RT) took the top spot with a domestic total of $21.2 million. Peabody was joined with healthy takes for both Warner Brothers’ The Lego Movie (96% on RT) and Disney’s Frozen (89% on RT). The whimsical, yet tyrannical, reign of Frozen over the domestic box office gained yet another milestone this weekend, as the film now sits as the 15th highest grossing film of all time.
In non-Madea Tyler Perry news, Perry and LionsGates’ Single Moms Club (20% on RT) took in a disappointing $8.3 million. This marks a career worst for the prolific Perry. Moms Club is Perry’s last film with Lionsgate, as the studio failed to renew their historically lucrative first-look deal with Perry last month.
Turning now to the independent market, Fox Searchlight’s The Grand Budapest Hotel (91% on RT) grossed an impressive $3.6 million as it expanded to only 66 domestic theaters. I caught The Grand Budapest this weekend and feel obligated to mention that it may be Wes Anderson’s best film to date.
Finally, in Kickstarter-financed television remake news, Warner Brothers’ Veronica Mars (75% on RT) grossed $2 million from its 291 theater opening, almost half of its $5.7 million Kickstarter-financed budget.
1. Mr. Peabody & Sherman – $21,200,000
2. 300: Rise of an Empire – $19,105,000
3. Need for Speed – $17,808,000
4. Non-Stop – $10,615,000
5. Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club – $8,300,000
6. The LEGO Movie – $7,705,000
7. Son of God – $5,400,000
8. The Grand Budapest Hotel – $3,640,000
9. Frozen – $2,117,000
10. Veronica Mars – $2,021,000