Top Five Films of March 2014

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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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April 2nd, 2014

It's not quite summer blockbuster season yet, but March had a handful of great movie releases that viewers were clamoring to see. For anyone interested in watching the best, this list of the top five movies in March provides a helping hand.

 

 

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5. "300: Rise of an Empire" (2014)

"300: Rise of an Empire" is the sequel to 300 (2006). In this story, Themistocles (Sullivan Stapleton) defends Athens against the immortal Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro) and his Persian army as well as Artemisia (Eva Green) of the Persian navy. Xerxes and Artemisia possess power and skill beyond Themistocles alone. He knows the only way he has a chance to defeat them is to join an alliance with his fellow countrymen, including Athens' greatest rival, Sparta. Once Spartan ruler Queen Gorgo (Lena Heady) sees the effectiveness of Themistocles' unconventional tactics, she chooses to join the fight. 

Director: Noam Murro
Writers: Zack Snyder and Kurt Johnstad
Actors: Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green, Lena Headey, Rodrigo Santoro, Jack O-Connell and David Wenham
Release Date: March 7, 2014
MPAA Rating: R
Opening Weekend Gross: $45,038,460

 

 

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4. "God's Not Dead" (2014)

In "God's Not Dead," Josh Wheaton (Shane Harper) is a devout Christian college student who assumes that his education and religious beliefs won't affect each other. However, on the first day of his philosophy class, Professor Radisson (Kevin Sorbo) announces that the only way to receive a passing grade in his class is to deny the existence of God. Josh refuses, and his only chance at passing the class is to craft an argument and participate in a debate at the end of the semester with the professor. Josh must convince the class that God exists in order to receive a passing grade.

Director: Harold Cronk
Writers: Hunter Dennis and Chuck Konzelman
Actors: Shane Harper, Kevin Sorbo and David A.R. White
Release Date: March 21, 2014
MPAA Rating: PG
Opening Weekend Gross: $9,244,641

 

 

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3. "Mr. Peabody & Sherman"

Mr. Peabody (Ty Burrell) is a brilliant canine and has accomplished much in his life. Along with his boy Sherman (Max Charles), he travels through time in his Wabac machine to experience the past and embark on exciting adventures. However, in "Mr. Peabody & Sherman," Sherman wants to impress his friend Penny (Ariel Winter), so he takes the Wabac without Mr. Peabody's permission. His action causes havoc throughout the past when he rips a hole in the universe. Only Mr. Peabody can save the past and the future by finding Sherman and repairing the hole in the universe.

Director: Rob Minkoff
Writers: Craig Write
Actors: Ty Burrell (voice), Stephen Colbert (voice), Ariel Winter (voice), Patrick Warburton (voice) and Stanley Tucci (voice)
Release Date: March 7, 2014
MPAA Rating: PG
Opening Weekend Gross: $32,207,057

 

 

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2. "Muppets Most Wanted"

Muppets Most Wanted is the sequel to "The Muppets" (2011). Everything is going well for the Muppets as they travel around Europe, selling out grand theaters for their show. Things take a turn for the worse, however, when Kermit is mistaken for the criminal genius Constantine, who looks exactly like him. Arrested and sent to a Siberian prison, Kermit is helpless as Constantine poses as Kermit. Along with his sidekick Dominic (Ricky Gervais), he travels with the Muppets around Europe, using them in his next big scheme. Kermit feels abandoned, until some of his pals begin to suspect something isn't quite right.

Director: James Bobin
Writers: James Bobin and Nick Stoller
Actors: Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell and Tina Fey
Release Date: March 21, 2014
MPAA Rating: PG
Opening Weekend Gross: $17,005,126

 

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1. "Divergent"

"Divergent" takes place in a world divided by factions based on personality types. Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley) is a Divergent: someone who just doesn't fit into any single group. Tris learns that one faction leader (Kate Winslet) wants to destroy every last Divergent. In an attempt to understand more about herself and to save all Divergents, Tris allies herself with a mysterious young man named Four (Theo James). Together, they set out to learn the secret behind what it means to be a Divergent and stop their destruction.

Director: Neil Burger
Writers: Evan Daugherty and Vanessa Taylor
Actors: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Jai Courtney, Ray Stevenson, Miles Teller and Kate Winslet
Release Date: March 21, 2014
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Opening Weekend Gross: $54,607,747

These five movies were the top in March, and they are must-sees for any movie-lover. With so many great movies so early in the year, this is sure to be a year of great movie releases.