“Need For Speed” Sputters At Box Office, “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” #1

By Staff  |  03/17/2014

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After debuting in second last weekend, 20th Century Fox's animated Mr. Peabody & Sherman takes the weekend box office, beating out disappointing starts for Need For Speed and Tyler Perry's The Single Moms Club.

Peabody & Sherman took in $21.2 million to reign over the box office. It's based on the cartoon about a time-traveling boy and his brilliant dog from The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show.

Last weekend's top film, 300: Rise of An Empire, fell to No. 2 in its second weekend with $19.1 million, bringing its domestic total to $78.3 million.

Aaron Paul's Need for Speed stalled in its North American debut, coming in No. 3 with $17.8 million. It's the big screen adaptation of the popular video game franchise, in which a street racer, fresh out of prison after being framed by a wealthy business associate, joins a cross country race with revenge in mind.

"It's a disappointing start on the domestic side, but to open to that number worldwide and nearly match the budget of the film is great. This was a very affordable movie and with many territories left to open, everyone will be just fine. We feel great about where we are," Dave Hollis, distribution chief for Disney, DreamWorks' partner, told CNN.

Liam Neeson's Non-Stop lands at No. 4 with $10.6 million in its third weekend, bringing it's total to $68.8 million.

Closing out the top 5 is the debut of Tyler Perry's The Single Moms Club, which starts with $8.3 million. The film is about five struggling single moms who put aside their differences to form a support group, where they find inspiration and laughter in their new sisterhood and help each other overcome the obstacles that stand in their way.

Veronica Mars, the feature based on the Kristen Bell TV series, opened at No. 10 with $2 million in jus 291 theaters. The film was made a reality after a $5.7 million fundraising campaign on Kickstarter.

That's a wrap for this weekend. This upcoming week, look out for the release of Disney's Muppets Most Wanted and the action-adventure Divergent.

This weekend's top 10 is as follows:

1. "Mr. Peabody & Sherman," $21.2 million.
2. "300: Rise of an Empire," $19.1 million.
3. "Need For Speed," $17.8 million.
4. "Non-Stop," $10.6 million.
5. "Tyler Perry's The Single Moms Club," $8.3 million.
6. "The Lego Movie," $7.7 million.
7. "Son of God," $5.4 million.
8. "The Grand Budapest Hotel," $3.6 million.
9. "Frozen," $2.1 million.
10. "Veronica Mars," $2 million.