300: Rise of an Empire Strong at the Box Office!

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popcornThe new 300 movie rose to the top of the box office over the weekend.

300: Rise of an Empire, the follow-up to the 2007 original, earned an estimated 45.1 million dollars to debut in first place. It also raked in an impressive 87.8 million overseas.

The animated flick Mr. Peabody & Sherman, based on the Rocky and Bullwinkle characters, opened in the runner-up spot, drawing 32.5 million dollars. Modern Family actor Ty Burrell voices Mr. Peabody in the flick. 

The Liam Neeson thriller Non-Stop, which was number one last weekend, fell to third place, collecting 15.4 million dollars.

12 Years a Slave pulled in 2.2 million bucks after winning the Oscar for best picture the previous weekend. It’s a solid total, considering the drama is currently available on DVD.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated ticket sales, according to Rentrak:

1. 300: Rise of an Empire, $45.1 million.
2. Mr. Peabody & Sherman, $32.5 million.
3. Non-Stop, $15.4 million.
4. The LEGO Movie, $11 million.
5. Son of God, $10 million.
6. The Monuments Men, $3.1 million.
7. 3 Days to Kill, $3.1 million.
8. Frozen, $3 million.
9. 12 Years a Slave, $2.2 million.
10. Ride Along, $2 million.

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