An army of ancient Greeks is poised to beat a preternaturally smart cartoon dog at the box office this weekend.
Dreamworks Animation's 3-D animated comedy "Mr. Peabody & Sherman" could generate about $30 million, they said.
A $45-million weekend for "Rise of an Empire" would be considerably smaller than the first "300," which opened with a surprising $71 million domestically seven years ago. That movie went on to gross more than $456 million worldwide, including $245 million from theaters outside the U.S. and Canada. "Rise of an Empire" is also expected to do well overseas.
The follow-up is more expensive than the 2-D original. "Rise of an Empire" was co-financed and co-produced by
The "300" from 2007, based on the graphic novel by
The new visual-effects-heavy action film, directed by Noam Murro, features a different cast and follows the Greek general Themistokles as he takes on Persian fighters led by Xerxes, a man-turned-god, and his ally Artemisia.
"Mr. Peabody & Sherman," which is getting distribution from
Its projected $30-million weekend would be somewhat better than the debut of Dreamworks Animation's summer misfire
Based on the
The film has received generally positive reviews as of Thursday, but it faces kid-friendly competition from
In limited release, Fox Searchlight is introducing quirky director Wes Anderson's latest film, the well-reviewed "Grand Budapest Hotel," in four theaters in New York and Los Angeles on Friday. The company plans to expand the film's reach over the next few weeks.
Fox Searchlight is also expanding Oscar winner