At 3,115 locations, Need for Speed opened in first place with an estimated $6.6 million. That puts it behind other video game adaptations like Silent Hill ($8.1 million), Max Payne ($7 million) and Resident Evil ($6.8 million). It's also lower than the worst of the Fast & Furious movies (Tokyo Drift, $9.7 million). For the weekend, it's going to wind up in second or third place with less than $20 million. 300: Rise of an Empire fell 67 percent to $5.8 million. In comparison, the first movie dropped 64 percent at the same point. So far, the 300 sequel has earned $65 million. Mr. Peabody & Sherman took third place with $5.45 million. That's a light 32 percent drop from last weekend, which suggests Peabody is getting strong word-of-mouth among family audiences. The DreamWorks Animation movie will take first place for the weekend with as much as $23 million.
Playing at 1,896 theaters, The Single Moms Club earned an estimated $3.2 million on Friday. That puts it on pace to become the first movie directed by Tyler Perry to open below $10 million.
Liam Neeson's Non-Stop also pulled in an estimated $3.2 million yesterday. For the weekend, it should gross over $10 million.
Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel expanded to 66 locations and earned a fantastic $1.09 million ($16,470 theater average). For the three-day frame, it will wind up in eighth place with over $3 million. Veronica Mars opened at 291 theaters and earned a solid $1 million yesterday. That includes $260,000 from late Thursday shows. It's unclear how the movie will play through the weekend—there was like a lot of frontloaded demand among "Marshmellows"—though it could earn as much as $3 million. Weekend Projections 1. Mr. Peabody - $22 million 2. 300 - $19 million 3. Need for Speed - $18 million 4. Non-Stop - $10.5 million 5. Single Moms Club - $9.5 million