Aaron Paul’s new action film Need For Speed opened this weekend, but fell short to Mr. Peabody and Sherman, the film that ended up winning this weekend at the box office.
Need For Speed is based on the popular videogame series of the same name, and it certainly attracted some due to Aaron Paul’s appearance, who has gained plenty of popularity over his role as Jesse Pinkman in Breaking Bad.
Perhaps it was simply that more families were going to the theater this weekend, since Mr. Peabody and Sherman was able to dethrone 300: Rise Of An Empire, which had been at the top of the box office last week.
Need For Speed did not stand a chance, even in its opening weekend, and only earned $17.8 million. The total put the film in the No.3 spot, behind the two films that had claimed the top spots last week. The film cost $66 million to make, and luckily with some help outside of the U.S., it was able to at least earn $63.4 million worldwide in the opening weekend.
Dave Hollis, the distribution chief behind Need For Speed, said “It’s a disappointing start on the domestic side, but to open to that number worldwide and nearly match the budget of the film is great. This was a very affordable movie and with many territories left to open, everyone will be just fine.”
On the other hand, the animated film Mr. Peabody And Sherman topped the North American chart with $21.2 million, which gives it a 10-day domestic total of $63.2 million.
The animated family film comes from DreamWorks animation and 20th Century Fox, featuring the voices of Ty Burrell and Max Charles, as Mr. Peabody and Sherman, respectively.
In other box office news, The Grand Budapest Hotel continued to impress with its limited release, and grossed $3.6 million as it expanded from four to 66 theaters in its second weekend. Veronica Mars also opened this past weekend, and with a bit of a niche audience, and only 265 theaters in the United States, it only made $2 million, which had the film tying for 10th place, along with The Mounuments Men.
If all animated films this year are as good as 'Mr Peabody and Sherman', we are in for one hell of a year!
— Daniel Lammin (@DanielLammin) March 17, 2014
Mr. Peabody and Sherman came in second place last week, and won fairly easily this week. However, Divergent opens this Friday, and should certainly take the top spot in its opening weekend.
Does anyone think that Mr. Peabody and Sherman will be able to compete with Divergent?
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