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Movie Roundup: ‘300: Rise of an Empire’ Tops Weekend Box Office, Slow Start for Family Film ‘Mr. Peabody & Sherman’

Topping this weekend's movie box office was '300: Rise of an Empire' and 'Mr. Peabody & Sherman'. Get the latest on the new releases and upcoming releases!

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Topping this weekend’s box office was ‘300: Rise of an Empire.’ The sequel to ‘300’ brought in $45 million on its first weekend of release. More than half of its earnings were the result of 3D showings. Following in second place was new family film, ‘Mr. Peabody & Sherman,’ bringing in $32.5 million.

‘300: Rise of an Empire’ didn’t come anywhere close to the original ’300’ opening weekend gross number of $70.9 million, back in 2007, but the sequel offers several new elements of interest, including the sea battles and Eva Green, the character of villain.  The film is complete with battle scenes – a war for an empire.

While ‘Mr. Peabody & Sherman’ was a bit of a disappointment on its first weekend of release in terms numbers at the weekend box office compared to other DreamWorks Animation films, it did take a big chunk of the pie from ‘The Lego Movie.’ ‘The Lego Movie’ dropped to fourth place, behind ‘Non-Stop’ at the box office.

Get ready for several other interesting films to hit movie theaters this week!

New Movie Releases This Week: March 14, 2014

For those looking for an action thriller:

  • Need for Speed (PG-13)
    Cast: Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper, Scott Mescudi, Imogen Poots
    This film is packed with action, speed, and racecars. When a street racer is released from prison, he joins a cross country race with revenge on his mind. He seeks to take down the man who framed him.

For those looking for drama and comedy:

  • Veronica Mars (PG-13)
    Cast: Kristen Bell, James Franco, Krysten Ritter
    After walking away from her past as a teen private eye and now about to graduate from law school, she finds herself having to return back to her hometown to help an old flame who’s been accused of murder.

Come back each week for the latest information on new movie releases and upcoming releases at the theaters! To check out all movie flicks playing at Long Island theaters, visit LongIsland.com’s Movie Times!