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'300: Rise of an Empire' likely to top 'Peabody & Sherman'
'300: Rise of an Empire' likely to top 'Peabody & Sherman'

An army of ancient Greeks is poised to beat a preternaturally smart cartoon dog at the box office this weekend.  "300: Rise of an Empire," a 3-D sequel to 2007's "300," is expected to gross about $45 million in ticket sales in the U.S. and Canada through Sunday, according to people who have seen pre-release audience surveys. 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...

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