There were plenty of movies to choose from at the box office this weekend, but it looks like most people were choosing the animated feature Peabody and Sherman over the much-anticipated Need for Speed movie based on the popular video game. The animated movie brought in $21 million during its second week. Need for Speed opened with 17.8 million which was a disappointment since it was projected to reach around $25 million.
Mr. Peabody and Sherman are characters revisited from the popular 1959 Rocky & Bullwinkle Show. The Mr. Peabody and Sherman skits would appear during the show. The movie is about a clever dog and his adopted son Sherman who travel on wild adventures in a time machine. The movie has gotten mixed reviews but praise on the character design and 3D effects, but the story buzz is just mediocre.
Need for Speed is based on a popular Electronic Arts video game series that has been on the market for years. The movie stars Breaking Bad alum, Aaron Paul and is directed by Scott Waugh who also directed Act of Valor. The movie is being explained by critics as your typical guy flick filled with fast cars, flames, fireballs, leather jackets, and fist bumps. It’s a movie Steve McQueen would have loved to be in, but it’s not for everyone. This is the first movie Paul has been in since Breaking Bad has ended, and it was not what he wanted to do at first. Paul didn’t want to do another video game movie, but he was intrigued by the plot so he signed on for the project.
Although Mr. Peabody and Sherman is winning the box office wars Need for Speed isn’t trailing too far behind. The numbers are not what the analysts had projected, but the international distribution is doing much better. It had a number one debut in China bringing in $21 million. Need for Speed‘s first-weekend worldwide total is $63.4 million which is very close to matching the $66 million production budget.
Both Mr. Peabody and Sherman and Need for Speed were up against the big blockbuster, 300: Rise of an Empire, a sequel to 300 which was filmed in 2006 and starred Gerard Butler. The story was about the war between the Greeks and the Persians. The movie made $78 million since opening on March 7, 2014. The movie is based on a novel by Frank Miller, and stars Sullivan Stapleton as Themistocles and Eva Green, commander of the Persian army. 300: Rise of an Empire took in $19 million this weekend coming in second between Mr. Peabody and Sherman and Need for Speed.
Mr. Peabody and Sherman, Need for Speed and 300: Rise of an Empire are trailing each other very closely in box office numbers and any one of them could fall behind or move up ahead. New movies are opening up every week so these three contenders could be knocked out of the race completely at any moment. All three seem to have mediocre reviews from critics, and even though they are in the forefront their numbers may stay down just for lack of interest.
By Christina Thompson