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'Mr. Peabody & Sherman' top box office; 'Divergent,' 'Muppets' open Friday

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‘Mr. Peabody & Sherman’ defeated an ‘Empire’ and raced by ‘Need for Speed’ to top the domestic weekend box office, according to industry figures reported by movie tracking site Box Office Mojo on Monday.

After finishing No. 2 the previous weekend to ‘300: Rise of an Empire,’ ‘Mr. Peabody & Sherman’ moved into first place in its second weekend in theaters. The animated adventure comedy grossed $21.8 million in ticket sales from Friday to Sunday for a total of $63.7 million since opening March 7.

The action war sequel set in ancient Greece, ‘300: Rise of an Empire,’ fell to No. 2 in its second weekend, earning $19.2 million for a total of $78.4 million since opening March 7.

The video game-inspired action crime thriller, ‘Need for Speed,’ opened at No. 3 with $17.8 million.

Liam Neeson action thriller ‘Non-Stop’ slipped one notch to No. 4 in its third weekend, earning $10.6 million for a total of $68.8 million since opening Feb. 28.

Tyler Perry dramedy ‘The Single Moms Club’ debuted at No. 5 with $8 million.

FRIDAY’S NATIONWIDE MOVIE RELEASES

  • A young woman learns she’s Divergent because she doesn’t fit in to the factions of the world and must fight for survival in dystopian sci-fi adventure ‘Divergent.’ Based on the best-selling Veronica Roth novel. Rated PG-13. Watch the official trailer here.
  • The Muppets find themselves embroiled in a jewel heist caper masterminded by a Kermit the Frog look-alike in Disney adventure crime comedy Muppets Most Wanted starring Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell and Tina Fey. Rated PG. Watch the official trailer here.

TUESDAY’S DVD/BLU-RAY RELEASES

  • A con man and his seductive partner are forced to work for a wild FBI agent in the world of the Jersey mafia in R-rated crime drama ‘American Hustle’ starring Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence.
  • Anna searches for her emotionally distraught sister, Queen Elsa, after the queen accidentally freezes the kingdom in eternal winter in Disney animated fantasy adventure ‘Frozen.’ Rated PG.
  • The author of ‘Mary Poppins’ reflects on her childhood after meeting with Walt Disney, the man who wants to adapt her books for a movie, in biographical dramedy ‘Saving Mr. Banks’ starring Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks. Rated PG-13.
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