300 Rules the Box Office

Posted on March 13, 2007

Photo from the 300The cgi gorefest The 300 easily won the weekend box office this past weekend making $70,885,301. The movie, which is rated R for violence, has a cast of virtual unknowns (although the freaky Persian King Xerxes will be familiar to Lost fans). The film is a based on a comic book fantasy which tells the story of the Battle of Thermopylae in 480 B.C., in which 300 noble Spartans held off the massive Persian army at a mountain pass in Greece for three days. The Iranians are furious about the film, saying it portrays the Persians as sexually deviant, violent and depraved. But since the Iranian censors pretty much object to all Western films, it's hard to get too worked up over their latest denouncements. In any event, the box office numbers were a delightful surprise to Warner Bros.

In second place was Wild Hogs, which made 27,601,291 in its second week of release. In third place was Bridge to Terabithia, which made $6,779,315 in its fourth week of release. Ghost Rider made another $6,670,463 in its fourth week of release, and Zodiac made $6,641,870 in its fourth week of release.

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