’300: Rise of the Empire’ tops weekend box office with $45 million gross sales

Paula David – Fourth Estate Cooperative Reporter

Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – On its first week of showing, “300: Rise of An Empire” has a promising path ahead as it topped the North America weekend box office charts with over $45 million in gross ticket sales.

Directed by Noam Murro and released by Warner Bros., the “300″ sequel has managed to rake in an average of $12, 983 upon being shown in 3,470 theaters nationwide, and has reportedly gathered a total of $87.8 million overseas, making its worldwide gross total $132.8 million.

The ancient Grecian-themed fantasy action film, however, has fallen behind its predecessor, the Gerard Butler-starred “300,” which grossed over $70.8 million on its opening weekend when it was released in March 2007.

“Rise of An Empire,” which stars Sullivan Stapleton and Eva Green, is followed by DreamWorks’ animated film “Mr. Peabody & Sherman,” which has gathered $32 million in sales also on its first week of showing.

This week’s top five also includes Liam Neeson’s “Non-Stop,” which held the top spot last week, “The LEGO Movie,” which is now on its fifth week, and “SOn of God,” which is on its second week.

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