OPENING: 300: Rise of An Empire (WB) commands $43M to $45M and ended on the high end; Mr. Peabody And Sherman (FOX) $29M to $31M and made $32.5M; Son of God (FOX) dropped 61% in its second weekend. NOTEWORTHY:  Best Picture winner 12 Years A Slave (FOX) re-upped to 1,065 screens and breaks back into the top ten. The Grand Budapest Hotel on four screens in L.A. and N.Y. a phenomenal, record-breaking per screen for a live-action film of $192,250 and might climb to $200,000.

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5TH UPDATE, MONDAY, 1: 30 PM: The final numbers are in with The Grand Budapest Hotel pulling in $811,000 for Fox Searchlight to take in a per-screen average of $202K+ on four screens. High end of yesterday’s estimate. Warner Bros.’ and Legendary Pictures’ 300: Rise Of An Empire was on the money with yesterday’s cume and Mr. Peabody And Sherman‘s numbers were almost in line with yesterday’s while the ten spot was finally figured out … it went to Ride Along, not RoboCop but only by a hair. We are keeping in yesterday’s chart below for comparisons for those of you who want to see the differences (i.e. Son Of God down 59% instead of 61%, so Sunday’s numbers were slightly better than expected).

Next weekend’s openers are Disney’s Need For Speed, Lionsgate’s Tyler Perry’s Single Mom’s Club going wide and in limited release will be Focus Features’ Bad Words, Warner Bros’ Vernonica Mars (also on VOD), and The Weinstein Company’s One Chance. Here is the Top 20:

1). 300: Rise Of An Empire (WB), 3,470 theaters / 3-day cume: $45M / Per screen: $13,006 / Wk 1

2). Mr. Peabody And Sherman (FOX) 3,934 theaters / 3-day cume: $32.2M / Per screen: $8,187 / Wk 1

3). Non-Stop (UNI), 3,113 theaters (+23) / 3-day cume: $15.8M (-45%) / Per screen: $5,085 / Total cume: $52.5M / Wk 2

4). The Lego Movie (WB), 3,290 theaters (-480) / 3-day cume: $10.9M (-48%) / Per screen: $3,317 / Total cume: 224.8M / Wk 5

5). Son Of God (FOX), 3,271 theaters (+11) / 3-day cume: $10.3M (-59%) / Per screen: $3,173 / Total cume: $41.8M / Wk 2

6). Monuments Men (SONY), 2,001 theaters (-1,001) / 3-day cume: $3M (-38%) / Per screen: $1,537/ Total cume: $70.5M / Wk 5

7). 3 Days To Kill (REL), 2,348 theaters (-543) / 3-day cume: $3M (-39%) / Per screen: $1,282 / Total cume: $25.5M / Wk  3

8). Frozen (DIS), 1,660 theaters (-86) / 3-day cume: $2.9M (-19%) / Per screen: $1,780 / Total cume: $392.9M / Wk 16

9). 12 Years A Slave (FSL) 1,065 theaters (+654) / 3-day cume: $2.1M (+116%) / Per screen: $1,982 / Total cume: $53M / Wk 21

10). Ride Along (UNI), 1,323theaters (-546) /3-day cume: $2,024M (-33%) / Per screen: $1,530 / Total cume: $129.9M / Wk 8

11). RoboCop (SONY) 1,714 theaters (-1,171) / 3-day cume: $2,018M (-55%) / Per screen: $1,178 / Total cume: $54.7M / Wk 4

12). About Last Night (SONY), 1,074 theaters (-730) / 3-day cume: $1.6M (-51%) / Per screen: $1,540 / Total cume: $46.5M / Wk 4

13). Pompeii (SONY), 1,658 theaters (-1.000) / 3-day cume: $1.5M (-63%) / Per screen: $961 / Total cume: $21M / Wk 3

14). American Hustle (SONY), 605 theaters (-340) / 3-day cume: $1M (-45%) / Per screen: $,10741 / Total cume: $148.3M / Wk 13

15). Gravity (WB), 384 theaters (+44) / 3-day cume: $902K  (+1%)/ Per screen: $2,349 / Total cume: $271.8M / Wk 23

16). The Wind Rises (DIS), 496 theaters (0) / 3-day cume: $901K (-41%) / Per screen: $1,818 / Total cume: $33M / Wk 3

17). The Grand Budapest Hotel (FSL) 4 theaters / 3-day cume: $811K / Per screen: $202,792 / Wk 1

18). The Wolf of Wall Street (PAR), 359 theaters (-146) / 3-day cume: $688K (-44%) / Per screen: $1,919 / Total cume: $115.6M / Wk 11

19). Philomena (TWC), 670 theaters (-427) / 3-day cume: $683K (-43%) / Per screen: $1,020 / Total cume: $35.9M / Wk 16

20). Dallas Buyers Club (FOC) 312 theaters (+96) / 3-day cume: $618K (+42%) / Per screen: $1,984 / Total cume: $26.1M/ Wk 19

4TH UPDATE, SUNDAY, 8:30 AM: 300: Rise Of An Empire pulled out an estimated $45M this weekend for Warner Bros and Legendary Pictures. The film, starring Sullivan Stapleton this time, is traveling strong around the world now and as of today took in $87.8M in 58 markets. The budget for this 3D actioner is said to have been $110M-plus, so currently the studio and Legendary has $132.8M worldwide in just a few days. 300 Rise Of An EmpireIt’s playing equally well between young females and males. Fox/DreamWorks’ Mr. Peabody And Sherman, which has already been playing internationally for weeks, debuted in the states to an estimated $32.5M on a $145M budget. Updated international numbers are $66M gross in 52 markets for $98.5M worldwide. “I think with the reviews coupled with the audience response, we will broaden Mr-Peabody-Sherman-Official-Trailer-9well beyond the family audience,” said Fox distribution president Chris Aronson. Non-Stop looks to take in about $15.4M this weekend (Uni says but others have it higher at $15.8M) and last week’s phenom Son Of God dropped 61% in its second weekend, for a cume of $41.5M. Frozen is still in the Top Ten this weekend on its 16th weekend out, making it the first time since 2002 that any film has done so. The Academy Award-winning musical Chicago and the Chicago-set My Big Fat Greek Wedding were last films to do it. Interestingly, Universal, which released Ride Along, has Sony/MGM’s RoboCop rounding out the top 10 , but others have it at No. 11 with Ride Along nailing the No. 10 spot. Truly, too close to tell until final numbers come in tomorrow. (UPDATE, 9:53 AM: Charts now updated with three-day weekend estimates per distribs.)

the-grand-budapest-hotel-ralph-fiennes640NOTEWORTHY: Now, let’s talk about The Grand Budapest Hotel – $769,000 to $800,000 on four screens for a whopping $192,250 to $200k per screen average, making it not only the biggest per screen opening for a live-action film to date, but also the biggest opening weekend ever for director Wes Anderson, having surpassed Moonrise Kingdom’s $130,749 per opening weekend. The previous live-action record holder was The Master which, in limited release made $147,262K per its opening weekend. “I give a big shout out to the theater owners who gave us the seats this weekend,” said Fox Searchlight’s head of distribution Frank Rodriguez. “Wes has a legion of fans. This film has got a great cast and Wes is a force and people have been waiting two years to see a film from him.” That great cast includes Ralph Fiennes, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Edward Norton, Adrien Brody, Harvey Keitel (breathe), Mathieu Amalric, F. Murray Abraham, Tom Wilkinson, Jude Law, Jude Law, Lea Seydoux, Owen Wilson (breathe again), Jason Schwartzman, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, to name a few. Fox Searchlight is expanding to 65 to 70 theaters in 17 new markets and expansions within current plays in N.Y. and L.A. See our specialty box office coverage from Brian Brooks. A big shout out to Fox Searchlight, which is celebrating its 20-year anniversary this year with the Budapest Hotel phenom and the Oscar Best Picture winner 12 Years A Slave, which in No. 9 this week for a domestic cume of $53.1M. Congrats to all over there.

Also, if any of you saw the full-page ad in our local newspaper touting Cinedigm’s Bag Man‘s claim as being “the top grossing movie in the country,” they need a reality check as its numbers are actually nowhere on the charts. In small type it says based on per screen numbers. Anyone hear of it? Let’s see, last weekend, it had a $14K a run on 2 screens and this weekend, it had 15 runs and made a blip of $18K cume for a per screen of only $1,173. Total gross to date is $49,000 (probably barely enough to cover that full-page ad). Let me see, where does it rank? 14? No. 18? No. 20? No. Um, guys can I have the top 50 chart? Oh no, it’s not there in either. Top 100 chart, anyone? Oh wait, there it is! No. 68. Updated chart:

1). 300: Rise Of An Empire (WB), 3,470 theaters / $17.5M Fri. / $16.2M Sat. / $11.2M Sun. / 3-day cume: $45M / Per screen: $13,006 / Wk 1

2). Mr. Peabody and Sherman (FOX) 3,934 theaters / $8M Fri. / $14.4M Sat. (+80%) / $10M Sun. (-40%) / 3-day cume: $32.5M / Per screen: $8,268 / Wk 1

3). Non-Stop (UNI), 3,113 theaters (+23) / $4.7M Fri. / $7.1M (-42%) / $4.2M Sun. (-40%) / 3-day cume: $15.3M (-47%) / Per screen: $4,940 / Total cume: $52.1M / Wk 2

4). The Lego Movie (WB), 3,290 theaters (-480) / $2.5M Fri. / $5.1M Sat.(+104)  / $3.3M Sun. (-35%) / 3-day cume: $11M (-47%) / Per screen: $3,345 / Total cume: 224.9M / Wk 5

5). Son Of God (FOX), 3,271 theaters (+11) / $2.68M Fri. / $4.1M Sat. (+56%) / $3.1M Sun (-25%) / 3-day cume: $10M (-61%) / Per screen: $3,058 / Total cume: $41.49M / Wk 2

6). Monuments Men (SONY), 2,001 theaters (-1,001) / $870K Fri. / $1.4M Sat. (+69%) / $760K Sun. (-45%) / 3-day cume: $3.1M (-37%) / Per screen: $1,549/ Total cume: $70.6M / Wk 5

7). 3 Days To Kill (REL), 2,348 theaters (-543) / $870K Fri. / $1.3M Sat. (+58%) / $822K Sun. (-40%) / 3-day cume: $3M (-39%) / Per screen: $1,304 / Total cume: $25.5M / Wk  3

8). Frozen (DIS), 1,660 theaters (-86) / $630K Fri. / $1.3M Sat. (+117%) / $889K Sun. (-35%) / 3-day cume: $3M (-17%) / Per screen: $1,739 / Total cume: $393.1M / Wk 16

9). 12 Years A Slave (FSL) 1,065 theaters (+654) / 585K Fri. / $975K Sat. (+67%) / 577K Sun. (-37%) / 3-day cume: $2.1M (+125%) / Per screen: $2,042 / Total cume: $53.1M / Wk 21

10/11). RoboCop (SONY) 1,714 theaters (-1,171) / $515K Fri. / $930K Sat. (+80%) / $555K Sun. (-37%) / 3-day cume: $2M (-55%) / Per screen: $1,180 / Total cume: $54.7M / Wk 4

Ride Along (UNI), 1,323theaters (-546) / $560K Fri. / $955K Sat. (+68%) / $489K Sun. (-50%) / 3-day cume: $2M (-33%) / Per screen: $1,515 / Total cume: $129.9M / Wk 8

3RD UPDATE, SATURDAY 7:30 AM: This morning, Friday night numbers have been revised upwards slightly for 300: Rise of an Empirethe actioner that is playing the majority of its runs 3D formats from Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures. It is on its way to making around $44M this weekend. The first 300 (when it bowed in 2007) opened to $70.8M. At the same time, Mr. Peabody and Sherman has been revised down slightly by some distribs to $29.6M and higher by others to $31.1M as they try to figure out how strong the family audience will come out today for a new, kid-friendly picture. DreamWorks and Fox has seen Peabody gross about $40M in foreign markets already so if it makes the expected $29M to $31.1M this weekend domestically, it will be around $70M worldwide on a $145M negative.

Non-Stop, the Liam Neeson suspense thriller, has a slightly lower estimate as well and might drop around 40% in its sophomore weekend but on a $28M budget has already grossed $53.2M domestically and over $22M in foreign markets (so $75M). And Son of God looks like its going to fall 62% in its second weekend out — but, for a re-purposed film which was a re-edit of the TV, 10-part series The Bible that ran on History cable, it’s still looking at a total cume after this weekend of about $40M to $41.2M. From a marketing standpoint, I always wondered why more of those kind of series weren’t recut for the big screen as it would seem cost-efficient to produce properties that could find both small and big screen audiences. It will be a photo finish between 3 Days to Kill and Frozen as both expect to take around $3M this weekend, but it looks like Frozen in its 16th week will have a better per screen average than 3 Days in its 3rd week out. Here are the new numbers as they look this morning:

2ND UPDATE, FRIDAY 1 AM: Phenomenal per screen average numbers for The Grand Budapest Hotel, Wes Anderson’s idiosyncratic comedy starring an impressive ensemble cast (Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Edward Norton, etc.) led by Ralph Fiennes, just came in and have been added below (scroll down).

PREVIOUS, FRIDAY 12:02 AM: Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures’ 300: Rise of an Empire and Mr. Peabody and Sherman (Fox/DreamWorks) are both kicking it at the box office this weekend based on Friday night numbers. After a stellar $3.3M in late nights Thursday, Rise of an Empire is on track to make anywhere from $43M to $45M this weekend and could have a per screen average over around $12,300, according to early Friday night estimates. It received a B Cinemascore. The animated Peabody is barking up the right tree and is expected to take in around $30M+ and all hopes are that it will appeal past the kiddie market as its budget is around $145M. It got an A CinemaScore. In third place will be Non-Stop (UNI) which is holding well (a drop of only 37%) in its second weekend out for a 3-day weekend haul of around $18M+. Total cume on the Liam Neeson starrer could top $55M by the end of the weekend. All eyes, however, have been on the faith-based Son of God from Fox which could take a 55% to 63% hit in its second weekend out. Still, the re-purposed film will have made around $43M by Sunday. And Disney’s Frozen is still in the Top Ten after 16 weeks at No. 7 or 8 while Best Picture Oscar winner 12 Years a Slave expects to pull in around $2.6M more thanks to Fox adding screens which is traditionally done after Oscar weekend for those pictures still playing in theaters.

NOTEWORTHY: The Grand Budapest Hotel from filmmaker Wes Anderson opened on 4 screens in L.A. and N.Y. and took in $216K Friday night for a per screen average of $54,000, surpassing The Master, Moonrise Kingdom, Blue Jasmine and Inside Llewyn Davis. Distribs have it estimated at a $663K weekend or a screen average of $165,900 for the weekend. Uh no, not kidding. Sony’s Monuments Men shed about 1,000 theaters as did Sony/MGM’s RoboCop (down 1,171 runs and expected cume after the 3-day at $54.7M) — same with Pompeii (cume is only $21.2M) as exhibs know when to cut and run other films. Here are the numbers tonight, but positions and estimates may change in the morning.

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