300: Rise of an Empire

Sparta ruled this weekend’s box office, as the 300 sequel Rise of an Empire topped the weekend with a $45.1 million domestic debut.

The film comes seven years after the original became an unlikely sensation. In it, Greek general Themistokles leads the charge against invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes and Artemisia, vengeful commander of the Persian navy.

The week’s other new wide release, 20th Century Fox’s animated Mr. Peabody & Sherman, opened in second with $32.5 million. The film is based on the cartoon about a time-traveling boy and his brilliant dog from The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show.

Last weekend’s top film, Liam Neeson’s Non-Stop, falls to #3 with $15.3 million; The LEGO Movie lands at #4; and Son Of God closes out the top 5 with $10 million.

That’s a wrap for this weekend. This upcoming week, look out for the release of Need for Speed and Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club.

This weekend’s top 10 is as follows:

1. “300: Rise of an Empire,” $45.1 million.
2. “Mr. Peabody & Sherman,” $32.5 million.
3. “Non-Stop,” $15.4 million.
4. “The Lego Movie,” $11 million.
5. “Son of God,” $10 million.
6. “The Monuments Men,” $3.1 million.
7. “3 Days to Kill,” $3.1 million.
8. “Frozen,” $3 million.
9. “12 Years a Slave,” $2.2 million.
10. “Ride Along,” $2 million.