The number adds to an already strong start for the 3-D Greco-Persian epic, which earned $3.3 million in its Thursday night screenings across the U.S. and Canada. The film is expected to earn $45 million this weekend, which would place it well behind the first "300." That film opened in 2007 with nearly $71 million in sales and eventually took home $456 million worldwide.
"Rise of an Empire" outperformed the animated Dreamworks comedy "Mr. Peabody & Sherman," which also opened this weekend. The film based on characters by "Bullwinkle" creator
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Also opening this weekend in limited release, Wes Anderson's latest film "The Grand Budapest Hotel" debuted in just four theaters in New York and Los Angeles. It earned an estimated $260,000 on Friday.