‘Mr. Peabody & Sherman’ Beat the Box Office, But ‘Divergent’ Is Near

Mr. Peabody & Sherman

The cold wintertime appears to be the season of children’s movies, as Mr. Peabody & Sherman takes the top box office spot in its second weekend at the box office. It may not have had the same level of success as its fellow children’s movies, Frozen and The LEGO Movie, but it sure has proven strong in the face of several new films, and even an army of 300.

According to BoxOfficeMojoMr. Peabody & Sherman made a gross of $21.8 million over the weekend, putting it in the No. 1 position. The previous weekend, 300: Rise of An Empire was in first, but it earned 57.4 percent less this weekend, bringing its gross down to $19.2 million. Mr. Peabody & Sherman’s earnings only dropped 32.3 percent.

One thing that may have helped the film was its presence in more theaters than most of its competition. Mr. Peabody & Sherman played in 3,951 theaters over the weekend — 461 more than 300: Rise of An Empire and over 800 more than the recently released Need for Speed film.

Unfortunately for Mr. Peabody & Sherman, there’s still quite a ways to go to make up for the $145 million budget report by BoxOfficeMojo. After two weekends, the film is less than halfway there, with a total gross of $63.7 million. On the other hand, 300: Rise of An Empire is doing well for itself with $78.4 million in two weekends going toward its budget of $110 million.

Things don’t look to good for Buena Vista’s Need for Speed movie, though. For it’s opening weekend, it came in third after two two-week-old movies. Fortunately, the film has a much smaller budget to beat, as it only cost $66 million to make. Unfortunately, the odds of it rising any higher in the box office don’t look good, as many movies have their best weekend right after they premiere. On top of that, there will be even more competition coming up before the month ends.