A reboot process somewhat ongoing droll can still produce some diamonds out of its tiresome roughs for movie-goers. "21 Jump Street" surprised. "Starsky and Hutch" bored. And "Scooby-Doo" satisfied family audiences.
All of which were live action. Old cartoons updated into retro animation have as dicey success rate as video games gone movie adaptation. And both these motifs took on March's film foray during the three-day dates of the 14th to the 16th.
The all-new do-over "Mr. Peabody and Sherman" hails from the same cartoon timeline that the dismaying "Boris and Natasha" (1992) shared broadcast popularity.
The Delorean might not be hovering over all of this but the popularity gone and went between 1959 and the late '60s had a sophomore weekend with a $21.2 million accumulation. the Wayback machine is -- well, back; first place declaring Fox's animation film for a whole new movie-goer generation.
March 7 to March 9's three-day saw "300: Rise of an Empire" fend off "Mr. Peabody and Sherman" to second place while it took the weekend's crown. Rankings were a trade off last weekend as the sequel comics adaptation fell one placement, gaining $19.1 mil.
For video games, reset on another adaptation attempt might not set off a high-scoring franchise in the fast cars template within the industry. "Need for Speed" earned $17.8 million on its debut weekend. With "Breaking Bad" star Aaron Paul in the driver's seat, later weekends could see higher rankings for the race flick.
After all, as car Racing movies set a pace on their first outing "Need for Speed" falls in 11th overall comparing against similar car movies since 1980. "Speed Racer", a live action take on an old cartoon, holds 10th. At first is "Fast Five" with $86.1 million; "Fast & Furious at 2nd at $70.9 million; Buena Vista's "Cars 2" precedes "Cars" with a respective $66.1 topping $60.1 million; "2 Fast 2 Furious" sums up the Top Five at $50.4 mil.
"Need for Speed" fares almost the same under the leaderboard for video game adaptations since 1980. It ranks 12th, falling under "Pokemon: The Movie 2000" that had a $19.5 million opening.
All of the Top 5, which includes "Non-Stop" ranking at number 4 and "Tyler Perry's The Single Mom's Club" on the bordering 5th rank, have until April 4th when the dynamically anticipated "Captain America: The Winter Soldiers' has its domestic debut.
For March 21 to March 23, new theatrical contenders will be the family-oriented powerhouse Muppets in "Muppets Most Wanted" and the latest YA Fiction adaptation "Divergent".