By Sergio | Shadow and Act March 16, 2014 at 12:12PM
The predictions were that it was going to be a battle between Fox's Mr. Peabody and Sherman and Dreamworks’ Fast and Furious rip-off Need for Speed. Turns out it wasn’t even close.
Peabody easily beat out Speed for first place, with $21.2 million, with 300: Rise of an Empire, last week’s No.1, holding on for second place, with Need for Speed coming in third, with $17.8 million, much less than the $25 million opening that was projected for the film.
But the one big surprise was the underwhelming $8.3 million that Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club did this weekend, making it, after Tyler Perry’s Peeples, the second lowest weekend opening ever for any TP film. Yet perhaps another indication on why Lionsgate ended its exclusive first look deal with him two weeks ago.
As I stated in my piece about the end of the Lionsgate deal (HERE), since his films don’t make the kind of money that they used to anymore, and with Lionsagte seeing huge b.o. worldwide returns with The Hunger Games tentpole franchise (the first two films have made close to $2 billion worldwide), and soon with Divergent opening this Friday, which is already selling out screenings before the film even opens, the studio clearly has ambitions to become a major studio player such as Paramount and Warners and, perhaps Perry’s films, with their modest returns, don’t fit into their plans anymore.
But I suspect in the very near future, Perry will be concentrating more on the TV side of his operations, since that seems to be going strong and he’ll still make money.
And in the meantime, 12 Years A Slave was in 14th place, with just over $55 million to date domestically, and $160.5 million worldwide.