By Bradford Hornsby

Seven years after the release of the original “300,” the stylized sequel “300: Rise of an Empire” debut at the top of the weekend box office with an estimated $45.1 million domestic. Even with a top of the box office debut, “300: Rise of an Empire” made far less than Zack Snyder’s 2007 original that debut with $70.9 million.

Taking second place over the weekend was 20th Century Fox’s animated “Mr. Peabody & Sherman.” The feature about a time-traveling boy and his dog opened with $32.5 million. The top five were rounded out by the Liam Neeson thriller “Non-Stop,” “The Lego Movie,” and the biblical film “Son of God.”

One of the surprises of the weekend was Wes Anderson’s European caper “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” The film averaged $200,000 on four screens in New York and Los Angeles.

Full Box Office (via Box Office Mojo):

1 300: Rise of An Empire $45,050,000
2 Mr. Peabody & Sherman $32,500,000
3 Non-Stop $15,378,000
4 The LEGO Movie $11,005,000
5 Son of God $10,000,000
6 The Monuments Men $3,100,000
7 3 Days to Kill $3,062,000
8 Frozen $3,010,000
9 12 Years a Slave $2,175,000
10 Ride Along $2,004,000


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