- Associated Press - Monday, March 10, 2014

With their abs aglow, the fighters of “300: Rise of an Empire” dominated the box office with $45 million in the movie’s opening weekend.

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.

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The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theaters Friday through Monday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theater locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Tuesday by Rentrak, are:

1. “300: Rise Of An Empire,” Warner Bros., $45,038,460, 3,470 locations, $12,979 average, $45,038,460, 1 week.

2. “Mr. Peabody And Sherman,” 20th Century Fox, $32,207,057, 3,934 locations, $8,187 average, $32,207,057, 1 week.

3. “Non-Stop,” Universal, $15,829,605, 3,113 locations, $5,085 average, $52,568,530, 2 weeks.

4. “The Lego Movie,” Warner Bros., $10,911,385, 3,290 locations, $3,317 average, $224,877,997, 5 weeks.

5. “Son of God,” 20th Century Fox, $10,379,335, 3,271 locations, $3,173 average, $41,874,230, 2 weeks.

6. “Monuments Men,” Sony, $3,074,647, 2,001 locations, $1,537 average, $70,576,290, 5 weeks.

7. “3 Days To Kill,” Relativity Media, $3,009,910, 2,348 locations, $1,282 average, $25,504,127, 3 weeks.

8. “Frozen,” Disney, $2,954,554, 1,660 locations, $1,780 average, $392,994,668, 16 weeks.

9. “12 Years a Slave,” Fox Searchlight, $2,110,812, 1,065 locations, $1,982 average, $53,042,847, 21 week.

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