With their abs aglow, the fighters of '300: Rise of an Empire' dominated the US box office with $45 million in the movie's opening weekend. According to Boxofficeindia.com, the movie did well in India as well, collecting Rs 15 crore nett during the Friday-Sunday period.
In the US, the Warner Bros' 3-D bloodbath bested 20th Century Fox's animated 'Mr. Peabody & Sherman', based on a cartoon about the time-traveling adventures of a boy and his brilliant dog. That film opened in second with $32.2 million.
The Universal Pictures thriller 'Non-Stop' - which stars Liam Neeson and features Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong'o in her first role since '12 Years a Slave' - landed in third place in its second weekend after dominating the charts last week.
Still building on its stellar release, Warner Bros' 'The Lego Movie' earned $10.9 million in its fifth week. Its domestic total is now an impressive $224.9 million.
According to analysts at Boxofficeindia.com, has been long since a Hollywood film did as well in India in its opening weekend.
'300: Rise of an empire' collected well in Mumbai, Delhi/UP and South circles but fared poorly in the East. The collections were even higher than Queen, Gulaab Gang and Total Siyaapa - the three new Bollywood releases from Friday.
The weekend amounted to around Rs 36 crore nett for the three Hindi releases and 300: Rise Of An Empire. The Hollywood film took nearly 42 per cent of the pie, leaving 58 per cent to be shared by the three Hindi releases.
1. 300: Rise Of An Empire - Warner Bros - $45,038,460 - 3,470 locations - 1 week.
2. Mr. Peabody And Sherman - 20th Century Fox - $32,207,057 - 3,934 locations - 1 week.
3. Non-Stop - Universal - $15,829,605 - 3,113 locations - 2 weeks.
4. The Lego Movie - Warner Bros - $10,911,385 - 3,290 locations - 5 weeks.
5. Son of God - 20th Century Fox - $10,379,335 - 3,271 locations - 2 weeks.
6. Monuments Men - Sony - $3,074,647 - 2,001 locations - 5 weeks.
7. 3 Days To Kill - Relativity Media - $3,009,910 - 2,348 locations - 3 weeks.
8. Frozen - Disney - $2,954,554 - 1,660 locations - 16 weeks.
9. 12 Years a Slave - Fox Searchlight - $2,110,812 - 1,065 locations - 21 week.
10. Ride Along - Universal - $2,024,190 - 1,323 locations - 8 weeks.
(Source: India figures - Boxofficeindia.com; US-Canada figures - Associated Press)