Box Office Recap: What Happened over the Weekend?

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Greek general Themistokles leads the charge against invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes and Artemisia, vengeful commander of the Persian navy.
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March 10th, 2014

"300: Rise of an Empire" debuted with $45,050,000 during the weekend of Friday, March 7. Themistocles of Athens and Xerxes of Persia engage in a final and epic battle. Xerxes has a thirst for vengeance, while Themistocles wants to defend his land and people against an encroaching army. Xerxes counts the ruthless Artemisia among his warriors, and Artemisia will not go down without a fight. The R rating is due to sustained sequences of stylized, bloody violence, mature content, nudity and language.

"Mr. Peabody & Sherman" earned $32,500,000 during its first weekend in theaters. When Sherman gets into a tussle at school, his adoptive dad, Mr. Peabody, invites Sherman's new nemesis over to make amends. Sherman and Penny soon find unexpected common ground: getting into trouble. Mr. Peabody will have to clean up some big messes the kids have created with the time-traveling WABAC Machine. The film's PG rating is due to mild action and brief rude humor.

Continuing Films

"Non-Stop" brought total profits to more than $52 million, thanks to weekend profits of $15,400,000. While struggling with personal issues, air marshal Bill Marks boards a transatlantic flight to London. What should be a routine flight becomes a battleground of suspense and terror when Bill starts receiving ominous text messages from an unknown source. The fate of his fellow passengers rests squarely on Bill's shoulders. "Non-Stop" has a PG-13 rating for intense sequences of action and violence, sensuality, language and drug references.

"The Lego Movie" has brought in more than $224 million since its February debut. This past weekend, the animated film saw $11,005,000 in weekend profits. Independent Wyldstyle and wizard Vitruvius have a big task ahead of them. They've joined forces with the Special, a prophesied hero who just might be able to bring down the tyrannical Lord Business. The only problem is that neither of the Master Builders expects the Special to be so ordinary. "The Lego Movie" has a PG rating for rude humor and action.

"Son of God" added $10 million to overall profits, with current box office proceeds equaling more than $41 million. From ordinary beginnings in Bethlehem, Jesus Christ grows up to become a charismatic leader. He turns society upside down, revolutionizing the world with his messages of peace and love. Jesus' many faithful followers cannot save him from the wrath of his powerful enemies, and he must eventually make a difficult sacrifice. The film's PG-13 rating is due to a bloody depiction of The Crucifixion and some sequences of violence.

"The Monuments Men" saw $3,100,000 in weekend earnings. In all, the historical drama has earned more than $70 million. Frank Stokes leads a platoon of unlikely heroes on an unconventional mission. At the end of World War II, many significant works of art and cultural treasures are still under Nazi control, now in graver danger than ever. This platoon hopes to recover these priceless works before it's too late. Historical smoking and images of war violence contribute to a PG-13 rating.

Movies to DVD

"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" became available on DVD on Friday, March 7. After her controversial win, Katniss just wants peace, but ominous signs are building behind the scenes and pointing to civil unrest. As she's trying to reconcile her feelings for Peeta and adjust to normal life, Katniss learns she'll be heading back into the arena to fight to the death once more. The sequel has a PG-13 rating for frightening images, intense sequences of action and violence, a suggestive situation, language and thematic elements.

"The Book Thief" will release on DVD on Tuesday, March 11. During World War II, Liesel finds her family torn apart. After she goes to live with a foster family, Liesel begins to retreat into the comforting and liberating world of books. She soon learns she can use her love of books to help others, but the price could be steep. Violence and intense depictions of thematic material contribute to a PG-13 rating.

"Homefront" stars Jason Statham as a DEA agent who just wants his young daughter to have a safe and happy life. Moving to small-town America seems like a step in the right direction, until the father and daughter land on the wrong side of ruthless local drug dealers, resulting in dangerous confrontations. "Homefront" has an R rating for violence, drug content, mature content and pervasive language.

"Out of the Furnace" follows two brothers as they attempt to escape their hardscrabble lives. Rodney gives in to the lure of easy money, not realizing that the connections he's building will come back to haunt him. His brother, Russell, ekes out a living at the steel mill, but helping Rodney escape his mistakes could hurt both brothers. The R rating is because of violence, language and drug content.