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March 14-16 box office results: "Need for Speed" falls behind holdovers

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Last week’s new releases take first and second place at the weekend box office once again, although there is a change in position.

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“Mr. Peabody and Sherman” slides into the top spot, netting a $21.8 million weekend. At a drop of just 34.2% and a lack of animated competition over the next three weeks, the film may have a bit of staying power through what’s left of March and early April.

“300: Rise of An Empire” takes a much steeper 54.7% decline, earning it the number two spot with a weekend total of $19.2 million.

The week’s biggest new release, Disney’s video game adaptation “Need for Speed,” only manages a third place opening with $17.8 million for the weekend. With anticipation for the film being limited at best thanks to its “Fast & Furious” knock-off marketing, this shouldn’t come as a surprise.

Liam Neeson’s latest action hero outing, “Non-Stop,” remains steady at $10.6 million this weekend. Tyler Perry’s “The Single Moms Club” rounds out the top five with a weekend total of $8.1 million.

Elsewhere on the charts, Disney’s animated hit “Frozen” lands the number nine spot just days before its Blu-ray and DVD release. With $2.1 million this weekend and continued strong performance overseas, “Frozen” has now crossed the $1 billion mark at the box office and taken the number 15 all-time spot.

From Kickstarter to feature film success, “Veronica Mars” debuts at number ten with $2 million, showing in under 300 theaters. The film maintained a higher per theater average than nearly every other film this weekend, despite its simultaneous digital release. It’s unlikely to hold up in the long run, but it’s an impressive outing nonetheless.

Source: Box Office Mojo

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