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Weekend Box Office: ‘300’ sequel rises to the top

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“300: Rise of an Empire” dominated the box office with $45.1 million, making it the number one movie during the post-Oscars weekend. The movie had an even bigger opening with $87.8 million at the international box-office according to the Associated Press today.

After the success of the original film seven years ago directed by Zack Snyder (“Man of Steel”). Warner Bros. follow-up sequel opening came up short and didn’t come close to the original’s opening in North America with $70.9 million, (Not including the over-priced 3D tickets sales)

The Associated Press also reports that 20th Century Fox's animated "Mr. Peabody & Sherman," opened in second place with $32.5 million. Moviegoers were not expecting the movie to open so strongly at the box-office. The characters are based off from the “Rocky and Bullwinkle Show,” about a time-traveling boy and his brilliant dog who goes on an adventure to restore the past to save the future.

Universal’s release of the Liam Neeson-thriller "Non-Stop" dropped to third with $15.4 million while Warner Bros.’ successful animated comedy “The Lego Movie” also fell, to fourth with only $11 million in its fifth weekend.

Here’s the estimated ticket sales from Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Associated Press and Rentrak:

1. "300: Rise of an Empire," $45.1 million ($87.8 million international).

2. "Mr. Peabody & Sherman," $32.5 million ($21 million international).

3. "Non-Stop," $15.4 million ($12 million international).

4. "The Lego Movie," $11 million ($9.9 million international).

5. "Son of God," $10 million.

6. "The Monuments Men," $3.1 million ($3.7 million international).

7. "3 Days to Kill," $3.1 million.

8. "Frozen," $3 million ($3.6 million international).

9. "12 Years a Slave," $2.2 million ($9.1 million international).

10. "Ride Along," $2 million ($1.8 million international).

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