Warner's 300: Rise of an Empire moved back into first place at the daily box office on Monday with $1.73 million. The high-profile 3D action sequel was down 69 percent from Sunday and down a sizable 55 percent from last Monday. 300: Rise of an Empire surpassed the $80 million mark yesterday and has grossed a healthy $80.14 million in its first eleven days of release. That places 300: Rise of an Empire 40 percent behind the $132.62 million eleven-day take of 2007's 300 and 33 percent ahead of the $60.32 million eleven-day gross of 2012's Wrath of the Titans.
Mr. Peabody & Sherman claimed second place on St. Patrick's Day with $1.53 million. The 3D computer animated film from Fox and DreamWorks Animation fell 77 percent from Sunday and just 30 percent from last Monday. Mr. Peabody & Sherman continues to display encouraging holding power and has now grossed $65.35 million through eleven days, thanks in part to that early holding power. The film is currently running 30 percent behind the $93.89 million eleven-day gross of last year's The Croods.
Need for Speed placed in third for the day with $1.22 million. The 3D video game based action film from Disney and DreamWorks was down 72 percent from Sunday's performance. Need for Speed continues to perform below pre-release expectations with a four-day start of $19.07 million. The film is currently running 3 percent behind the $19.64 million four-day start of 2008's Speed Racer.
Universal's Non-Stop took fourth place with $0.86 million. The action thriller starring Liam Neeson was down 69 percent from Sunday and down a very solid 34 percent from last Monday. Non-Stop has grossed $69.66 million through 18 days and is set to surpass the $70 million mark today.
Tyler Perry's The Single Moms Club continued to disappoint on Monday with a seventh place take of $0.45 million. The latest Tyler Perry directed film from Lionsgate has grossed just $8.52 million in its first four days. That easily represents the softest start ever for a film directed by Perry and given the film's lackluster daily holds so far, it appears that The Single Moms Club won't be around in theatres for long.
On the platform front, Fox Searchlight's The Grand Budapest Hotel continued its especially impressive performance with $347,318 from 66 locations on Monday. That gave the Wes Anderson directed film a per-location average of $5,262 for the day. The Grand Budapest Hotel surpassed the $5 million mark yesterday and is in terrific shape to hold up well as it continues to expand into additional locations going forward.