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300: Rise Of An Empire slays box-office rivals

Published on Mar 10, 2014 6:42 AM
Cinema still from the movie 300: Rise Of An Emprie, starring Eva Green. -- PHOTO: WARNER BROS 

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Bloody ancient Greece fantasy-action movie 300: Rise Of An Empire slayed the competition at the North American box office this weekend, estimated figures showed on Sunday.

The gory follow-up to the 2007 hit 300 raked in US$45 million (S$57 million) in its opening weekend, although it was some way off the US$70.9 million the original film earned on opening.

The latest film, based on an as-yet-unreleased graphic novel by Frank Miller, sees the return of several characters from the first film, notably the fearsome Persian warrior Xerxes played by Rodrigo Santoro.

In second place was another debut, animated children's film Mr Peabody & Sherman. The film, based on characters from the 1960s television cartoon Rocky And Bullwinkle follows the adventures of a super-intelligent canine who adopts a human infant.

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