LOS ANGELES — DreamWorks Animation’s “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” scored a box-office victory with a strong second weekend as “Need for Speed” fell short of expectations, “Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club” bombed, and “The Grand Budapest Hotel” continued to impress in limited release.
The 3-D “Mr. Peabody,” an animated comedy featuring the voice of Ty Burrell and centered on a hyper-intelligent, time-traveling dog and his adopted boy, took in an estimated $21.2 million in ticket sales from Friday through Sunday in the U.S. and Canada to claim the top spot.
Two weekends ago, the adaptation of the Jay Ward characters opened in second place behind the 3-D action sequel “300: Rise of an Empire.” This past weekend’s take for “Mr. Peabody” was just 34 percent less than its debut.
DreamWorks Pictures’ “Need for Speed,” the $66 million car-chase picture starring Aaron Paul of the TV series “Breaking Bad,” generated a studio-estimated $17.8 million in ticket sales in its first three days. People who had seen pre-release audience surveys had expected a gross of $25 million to $30 million for a possible weekend win. Instead, it came in third place behind Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures’ “300” follow-up, which collected an estimated $19.1 million.
The target audience for “Need for Speed” did not turn out in as great of numbers as expected, said Dave Hollis, executive vice president of theatrical distribution for Disney, which released the film.
“The young male audience, in pre-opening weekend tracking, was the hottest segment of people who were interested in the film, but they have not yet shown up in as big of a quantity,” he said.
The film fared better overseas, pulling in $45.6 million from outside the U.S. and Canada.
“The Single Moms Club” from Lionsgate grossed a disappointing $8.3 million, missing expectations of around $18 million. That marks Perry’s lowest opening ever as a director, debuting weaker than 2007’s “Daddy’s Little Girls,” which launched with about $11 million in ticket sales.
“The Grand Budapest Hotel,” the latest from quirky director Wes Anderson, generated an impressive $3.6 million from just 66 theaters. Fox Searchlight will expand it to more screens in coming weeks.
“Veronica Mars,” the Kickstarter project based on the TV show that ended in 2007, launched in 291 theaters this past weekend. The movie, released by Warner Bros., took in about $2 million and scored a solid $7,000 per screen.
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