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'300' sequel rises to top; 'Need for Speed,' 'Single Moms Club' open Friday

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‘300: Rise of an Empire’ won the battle and the war at the domestic weekend box office, according to industry figures reported by movie tracking site Box Office Mojo on Monday.

The action sequel set in ancient Greece grossed $45 million in ticket sales during its opening weekend from Friday to Sunday. While a solid outing, ‘Rise of an Empire’ didn’t defeat the original ‘300,’ which grossed $70.8 million during its opening weekend in March 2007.

Animated adventure comedy ‘Mr. Peabody & Sherman’ debuted at No. 2, earning $32.2 million.

Last weekend’s No. 1 film, Liam Neeson action thriller ‘Non-Stop,’ dropped to No. 3 in its second weekend, earning $15.8 million for a total of $52.5 million since opening Feb. 28.

Animated action comedy ‘The LEGO Movie’ slipped one notch to No. 4 in its fifth weekend, earning $10.9 million for a total of $224.8 million since opening Feb. 7.

Biographical Christian drama ‘Son of God’ fell three spots to No. 5, earning $10.3 million for a total of $41.8 million since opening Feb. 28.

FRIDAY’S NATIONWIDE RELEASES

  • A street racer races with revenge in mind after spending time in prison when an associate frames him in the video game-inspired action crime thriller ‘Need for Speed.’ Rated PG-13. Watch the official trailer here.
  • A group of single mothers bond after an incident at their children’s school brings them together in the dramedy ‘Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club.’ Rated PG-13. Watch the official trailer here.

TUESDAY’S DVD/BLU-RAY RELEASES

  • A young girl finds solace by stealing and sharing books during the horror of World War II Germany in drama ‘The Book Thief.’ Rated PG-13.
  • A former drug enforcement agent moves to a small town only to encounter a local meth drug lord in R-rated action crime thriller ‘Homefront’ starring Jason Statham and James Franco.
  • A young folk singer navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene in 1961 in R-rated music drama ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen (‘No Country for Old Men,’ Fargo’).
  • A man takes matters into his own hands when his younger brother disappears and law enforcement is slow to investigate in R-rated crime thriller ‘Out of the Furnace’ starring Christian Bale.
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