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Movie Roundup: ‘Mr. Peabody & Sherman’ Takes Top Spot at Box Office, Beating Out New Release ‘Need for Speed’

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Family-film 'Mr. Peabody & Sherman' take the top spot at the weekend box office.

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Neither of the new releases, ‘Need for Speed’ nor ‘Veronica Mars,’ made it to the number one spot at the weekend box office. Rather, it was the animated film ‘Mr. Peabody & Sherman’ that took the top spot, bringing in $21.2 million this past weekend.

Following in second place at the box office was ‘300: Rise of an Empire.’ It pulled in $19.1 million for its second week.

Unfortunately, ‘Need for Speed,’ an adaptation of a popular video-game placed third at the weekend box office, bringing in only $17.8 million.

‘Veronica Mars,’ which was funded through a Kickstarter campaign, also had its first weekend out at theaters. It took 10th place at the weekend box office, bringing in only $2 million. Those who contributed to the campaign were also promised a digital download of the film, but many faced frustration with download problems on Friday.

While ‘Mr. Peabody & Sherman’ was the flick to watch this past weekend, it continues to fall short on numbers compared with other DreamWorks Animation films. We’ll have to see if it’ll get a boost in the upcoming weeks with families and kids getting out during spring break.

New Movie Releases This Week: March 21, 2014

For those looking for a family-friendly film:

  • Muppets Most Wanted (PG)
    Cast: Ricky Gervais, Tina Fey, Ty Burrell, Ray Liotta
    The Muppets are out on a worldwide tour, but wind up entangled in an international crime caper headed by a Kermit the Frog look-alike.

For those looking for action and adventure:

  • Divergent (PG-13)
    Cast: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet, Jai Courtney
    It’s a world where people are divided into distinct factions based on their personalities. Tris Prior is informed she is a Divergent and will not fit anywhere else. When there is a conspiracy to destroy all Divergents, she must find out what makes Divergents dangerous before it’s too late.

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!