Trailer: 300 - Rise of an Empire
Greek general Themistokles leads the charge against invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes and Artemisia, vengeful commander of the Persian navy.PT2M24S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-31kah 620 349 January 28, 2014
The bloody ancient Greece fantasy-action movie 300: Rise of an Empire has slayed the competition at the US box office, estimated weekend figures show.
The gory follow-up to the 2007 hit 300 raked in $US45 million ($49.68 million) in its opening weekend, although it was some way off the $US70.9 million the original film earned on opening.
Sullivan Stapleton in 300: Rise of an Empire.
The latest film, based on an as-yet-unreleased graphic novel by Frank Miller, sees the return of several characters from the first film, notably the fearsome Persian warrior Xerxes played by Rodrigo Santoro.
In second place was another debut, animated children's film Mr Peabody & Sherman.
The film, based on characters from the 1960s television cartoon Rocky and Bullwinkle follows the adventures of a super-intelligent canine who adopts a human infant.
The Fox movie took $US32.5 million, box-office tracker Exhibitor Relations reported.
In third spot was last week's number one film, Non-Stop, the Liam Neeson action movie set on an long-haul flight. The film added another $US15 million to its total earnings.
Fourth place was occupied by The Lego Movie, the hit animated film inspired by the children's toy building blocks, with $US11 million.
Religious epic Son of God added $US10 million to take fifth spot and George Clooney's The Monuments Men starring Bill Murray, Matt Damon, and Cate Blanchett, took sixth place with $US3.1 million.
The Kevin Costner thriller 3 Days To Kill, about a secret agent tasked with one final deadly mission, was seventh with $US3.06 million.
Animated Oscar-winner Frozen, loosely based on a Hans Christian Andersen fairytale, took eighth spot with $US3.01 million.
Newly crowned Academy Awards best picture winner 12 Years A Slave returned to the top 10 this week following its Oscar triumph last Sunday.
Steve McQueen's harrowing slavery drama earned $US2.2 million in its 21st week of release to stand ninth.
Comedy Ride Along rounded out the top 10 with $US2 million.