'Mr. Peabody' top dog at box office, revs past 'Speed,' '300'

Sun Mar 16, 2014 12:53pm EDT
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LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (Reuters) - "Mr. Peabody & Sherman" won the weekend box office derby with $21.2 million in ticket sales, outpacing both last week's winner "300: Rise of An Empire" and video game turned car racing movie "Need for Speed."

The animated "Mr. Peabody & Sherman," which opened a week earlier in the No. 2 spot, overtook last week's winner, the Greek-era action film "300: Rise of an Empire" which collected $19.1 million from Friday to Sunday, according to studio estimates.

"Need for Speed" settled for third place on its opening weekend with ticket sales of $17.8 million at U.S. and Canadian theaters.

(Reporting By Ronald Grover and Chris Michaud)

Cast member Ty Burrell attends the premiere of the film "Mr. Peabody and Sherman" in Los Angeles March 5, 2014. REUTERS/Phil McCarten