300: Rise of an Empire Throws Mr. Peabody to the Dogs

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In Apocalypse Now, Robert Duvall’s Lieut. Col. Kilgore declared that napalm smells like “victory.” This weekend 300: Rise of an Empire, depicting an ancient Greece-vs.-Persia naval battle with plenty of kill and gore, sailed to victory with $45 million, according to preliminary studio estimates. In second place, with $32.5 million, was DreamWorks’ animated feature Mr. Peabody & Sherman, which includes a flashback to the Trojan War. At the North American box office, it was a good week to be Greek.

Neither movie’s opening matched those of certain esteemed predecessors, but the studios could provide explanations and/or excuses. Exploding on screens exactly seven years ago, Zack Snyder’s R-rated 300 earned a beefcakey $70.9 million on its way to more than $200 million domestic and a $456-million global gross. Rise of an Empire, which Snyder produced and co-wrote but did not direct, cost more to make ($110 million…

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