Like a true warrior, “300: Rise of an Empire” stands atop its opening weekend competition, victorious! Director Noam Murro’s sequel to Zack Snyder’s 2006 film adapting Frank Miller’s graphic novel landed in the top spot at the box office, bringing in $45 million domestically. The film’s strong showing brings its worldwide total up to just under $133 million.
Box Office Mojo notes that the weekend gross of “Rise of an Empire” got a “serious boost” from 3D/IMAX (and thus, premium-priced) tickets. IMAX ticket sales accounted for $6.8 million, though perhaps the larger story is the 3D ticket sales, which totaled an abnormally high 63% of the film’s opening weekend gross. By comparison, “Thor: The Dark World’s” 3D ticket sales percentage for its opening weekend was 39%. Even “The Avengers'” opening weekend 3D share percentage comes in below “Rise of An Empire” at 52%.
Meanwhile, “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” came in second with $32.5 million domestic and $98 million worldwide. The only other high profile new release of the weekend was Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel”, which came in at 17th and earned $800,000, screening in only four theaters.