“300: Rise of an Empire” Tops Weekend Box Office

Posted Monday March 10, 2014 8:00 AM GMT

Everybody loves a good ancient war epic, and “300: Rise of an Empire” nabbed the highest number of tickets sold with $45 million in earnings.

Warner Bros honcho Jeff Goldstein told press, "This far exceeded our expectations. We were thinking, if we can get to $100 million (total box office), we'd be in a good place. Clearly we captured a much broader audience than we anticipated.”

Coming in at #2 was “Mr. Peabody 7 Sherman” with a respectable opening weekend total of $32.5 million.

Chris Aronson, FOX’s President of Domestic Distribution explained, "With nostalgia in play, this film was geared toward both adults beyond the traditional family film audience, while introducing the characters of Sherman and Mr. Peabody to a new generation of kids who had never seen them. There's not an animated film for another month, and with spring holidays approaching we're in a really good place."

Also in the top five box office performers were “The Lego Movie” ($11 million) and “Son of God” ($10 million), while “The Grand Budapest Hotel took in $800,000 across four movie theaters!