OPENING: Need For Speed (DIS) no gas for the DreamWorks pic at $18M to $19M+, then $18M and now at $17.8M; Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club (LGF) is one of the worst openings for him to date with about $9.1M to $9.4M, now at $8M; Veronica Mars (WB) strong per-screen to take more than $2M+ for the weekend and did $1.9M; The Grand Budapest Hotel (FSL) expanded to 66 screens with another stellar $55,122 per screen; Frozen (DIS) still in Top 10 after 17 weeks with $396.3M cume.

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5th UPDATE, MONDAY 1:18 PM: Final numbers are in, and the No. 1 picture this weekend was the holdover Fox’s Mr. Peabody and Sherman. which, on a $145M negative (not counting marketing/distrib. costs) is now at $63.7M domestically and $149.3M worldwide. See overseas grosses from Deadline’s Nancy Tartaglione’s international box office report. The mystery is solved now, too, as to which film rounded out the Top Ten. It appears that Warner Bros’ Veronica Mars made $1.98M for the 3-day weekend, a step behind Sony’s The Monuments Men with $2M, so it didn’t crack it in its opening weekend. Nevertheless, Rob Thomas‘ film had a tidy per-screen average of $6,833, the highest of any Top 10 player with the exception of The Grand Budapest Hotel, which has done phenomenally well from Fox Searchlight in its limited release. mr-peabody-sherman05The Wes Anderson film has taken in almost $25M worldwide so far. It’s per-screen last weekend was a record-breaking $202,000 and now a remarkable $55,122. For more about this picture, expansion plans below and read Deadline’s Brian Brooks’ specialty box office story. 300: Rise Of An Empire (WB/Legendary) showed a lesser percentage dropthe-single-moms-club-movie-wallpaper-18 on Sunday and ended up with $19.2M this weekend to add to its international cume of $159.6M or $238M worldwide in its second week of release. The budget (not counting marketing and distribution costs) is about $110M. Need for Speed, the disappointing DreamWorks offering distributed by Disney, ended up with $17.8M; it didn’t open. Again, worldwide to date, it looks like it has so far made about $63.4M on a $66M negative. Tyler Perry’s Single Mom Club which had a slightly larger Sunday percentage decrease to take in only $8M, giving Wall Street the jitters. NOTEWORTHY: Disney’s Frozen, still in the top 10, will cross $400M domestically this week.

NEXT WEEKEND OPENERS: Divergent (LGF/Summit; wide) Could be a monster; Muppets Most Wanted (Dis; wide) Should do decent business for this family film (yes, very surprisingly, it crosses over to adults — well, at least this one); The Grand Budapest Hotel (FSL) and Bad Words (Focus) both expand.

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1). Mr. Peabody And Sherman (FOX), 3,951 theaters (+17) / 3-day cume: $21.8M (-32%) / Per screen: $5,520 / Total cume: $63.78M / Wk 2

2). 300: Rise Of An Empire (WB), 3,490 theaters (+20) / 3-day cume: $19.2M (-57%) / Per screen: $5,50 / Total cume: $$78.4M / Wk 2

3). Need For Speed (DIS), 3,315 theaters / $3-day cume: $17.8M / Per screen: $5,729 / Wk 1

4). Non-Stop (UNI),  Wk 3/ 3,183 theaters (+70) / $3-day cume: $10.6M (-33%) / Per screen: $3,335 / Total cume: $68.8M / Wk 3

5). Tyler Perry’s Single Mom’s Club (LGF), 1,896 theaters / 3-day cume: $8M / Per screen: $4,259 / Wk 1

6). The Lego Movie (WB), 3,040 theaters (-250) / 3-day cume: $7.7M (-29%) / Per screen: $2,533 / Total cume: $236.9M / Wk 6

7). Son Of God (FOX), 2,990 theaters (-281) / 3-day cume: $5.5M (-47%) / Per screen: $1,849 / Total cume $51M / Wk 3

8). The Grand Budapest Hotel (FSL) / 66 theaters (+62) / 3-day cume: $3.6M (+348%) / Per screen: $55,122 / Total cume $4.7M / Wk 2

9). Frozen (DIS), 1,466 theaters (-194) / 3-day cume: $2.1M (-27%) / Per screen: $1,465 / Total cume: $396.3M / Wk 17

10). Monuments Men (SONY), 1,594 theaters (-407) / 3-day cume: $2M (-33%) / Per screen: $1,294 / Total cume $73.8M / Wk 6

11). Veronica Mars (WB), 291 theaters / 3-day cume: $1.9M / Per screen: $6,833 / Wk 1

12). 3 Days to Kill (REL), 1,566 theaters (-782) / 3-day cume: $1.7M (-43%) / Per screen: $1,105 / Total cume: $28.4M / Wk 4

13). Ride Along (UNI), 1,024 theaters (-299) / 3-day cume: $1.3M (-32%) / Per screen: $1,345 / Total cume: $132M / Wk 9

14). 12 Years A Slave (FSL), 925 theaters (-140) / 3-day cume: $1.2M (-42%) / Per screen: $,1322 / Total cume: $55M / Wk 22

15). RoboCop (SONY), 965 theaters (-749) / 3-day cume: $854K (-58%) / Per screen: $885 / Total cume: $56.5M / Wk 5

16). About Last Night (SONY), 624 theaters (-450) / 3-day cume: $670K (-59%) / Per screen: $1,074 / Total cume: $478M / Wk 5

17). American Hustle (SONY), 503 theaters (-102) / 3-day cume: $608K (-42%) / Per screen: $,1210 / Total cume: $149.3M / Wk 14

18). Pompeii (SONY), 671 theaters (-987) /3-day cume: $588K (-63%) / Per screen: $876 / Total cume: $22.4M / Wk 4

19). Gravity (WB), 320 theaters (-64) /3-day cume: $547K (-39%) / Per screen: $1,710 / Total cume: $272.6M / Wk 24

20). The Nut Job (OR), 405 theaters (-191) / 3-day cume: $482K (+53%) / Per screen: $1,191 / Total cume: $62M / Wk 4

4th UPDATE, SUNDAY 8:35 AM: Chart updated with per screen average and percentage increases/decreases. Disney’s  international numbers are in for Need for Speed and Lionsgate just released its domestic numbers for Tyler Perry’s Single Mom’s Club, which is the low end of all estimates. Updates in copy below and incorporated into chart. No. 10 is just spot too close to call between Sony’s Monuments Men and Warner Bros.’ Veronica Mars. Will see how it plays out today and tonight. Also, expansion plans for Wes Anderson‘s The Grand Budapest Hotelwhich is having an extraordinary run — are outlined below. For Bad Words grosses and more about Budapest Hotel and how it compares to Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom, read Deadline’s Brian Brooks’ specialty box office story.

3rd UPDATE, SUNDAY 7:20 AM:  The news of the weekend is that Fox’s Mr. Peabody and Sherman surprised to take No. 1 in its second weekend out for DreamWorks Animation (Family audiences gave it a strong Saturday night bump) while Need for Speed (Disney/DreamWorks) started out strong on its late night showings on Thursday and then just tanked. Mr.-Peabody-And-ShermanDreamWorks, R.I.P. 1994 to 2014? And Stacey Snider the Phoenix to rise from the flames? Ugh. How can it be? Talk about failing upwards.

Everything looks pretty much as it did last night (just got lucky in the algorithm), with Need for Speed stalling to $17.3M although Disney has it higher than anyone else at $17.8M. Internationally, Disney shows that it grossed $45.6M in 40 markets, so this $66M+ budgeted picture (plus marketing costs) is at $63.4M worldwide. See more later today on this and Budapest Hotel’s overseas grosses from Deadline’s Nancy Tartaglione’s international box office report.

veronica-mars-movie-has-a-release-dateLionsgate’s Tyler Perry’s Single Mom’s Club, despite its A- CinemaScore, was a chick flick and it drew an older female demo — it only pulled in $8.3M. Veronica Mars — driven by its strong fan base — did very good business (it’s per screen is around $7,000); it lost some audience on Saturday night possibly and was the only one to do so — one can only think it was due to the cannibalism of also bowing on VOD. Warner Bros.’s distribution exec Jeff Goldstein explained, “If you look at the Thursday late nights shows that added $260,000 and if you subtract that out, it’s only a 17% drop on Saturday.” That clarifies it; thank you, Mr. Goldstein. Also, we’ll see who gets the No. 10 spot tomorrow when final numbers come in as it’s just too close to call after getting Sony’s numbers in.

grand-budapest_2813768bAnd, lastly, The Grand Budapest Hotel just absolutely killed it. Again. The Wes Anderson picture, bouyed by a very strong ensemble cast, has another strong weekend with another eye-opening $55,152 per screen average. Kudos once again this weekend to the filmmakers and Fox Searchlight’s smart distribution team (led by Frank Rodriguez) which expanded from four screens to 66 screens after a record-breaking $202K per screen last weekend. Fox will continue to expand, opening in 40 new markets next week and adding theaters in the already opened cities of Boston, Houston and Austin (filmmaker Wes Anderson’s stomping ground), Portland, San Francisco, Philadelphia (where it opened on ALL five screens at the Landmark’s Ritz 5). By March 21, Searchlight plans to book the film into 275 to 325 theaters and will go even wider on March 28. “What we saw this weekend, particularly in New York and the tri-state area, we opened in some huge multi-plexes this weekend — in New Jersey like the Garden State Paramus — it virtually out-grossed all the art houses — and really good art-houses — in New York. And it’s remarkable that the multi-plexes are doing as well as the art houses,” said Rodriguez. “It really shows that people are seeking it out. Social engagement is really helping to propel the film.”

And, yes, Frozen slid in at No. 9 to enjoy its 17th weekend in the Top Ten, and this week will pass the $400M mark domestically, having already passed $1B worldwide. Just incredible.Frozen Monument’s Men is in contention for the No. 10 spot after six weeks in release against newcomer Veronica Mars ; the pic will have taken in roughly $73.8M to date. The final numbers on it all, of course, is contingent on the Sunday percentage drops and will not be known until tomorrow. Here are the updated numbers this AM — now with percentage gains and drops and per screens — based on Saturday night/Sunday morning estimates:

1). Mr. Peabody And Sherman (FOX), 3,951 theaters (+17) / $5.5M Fri. / $9.5M Sat. (+75%) / $6.2M Sun. (-35%) / 3-day cume: $21.2M (-34%) / Per screen: $5,445 / Total cume: $63.3M to $63.8M / Wk 2

2). 300: Rise Of An Empire (WB), 3,490 theaters (+20) / $5.7M Fri./$7.8M to $8.1M Sat. (+38%) / $5.1M Sun. (-35%) 3-day cume: $18.6M to $18.8M (-58%) / Per screen: $5,420 / Total cume: $77.8M to $78.1M / Wk 2

3). Need For Speed (DIS), 3,315 theaters / $6.6M Fri./ $6.6M Sat. (0%) / $3.9M Sun. (-40%) / 3-day cume: $17.3M / Per screen: $5,400 / Wk 1

4). Non-Stop (UNI),  Wk 3/ 3,183 theaters (+70) / $3.19M Fri./ $4.6M Sat. (+47%) / $2.6M Sun. (-44%) / 3-day cume: $10.5M (-34%) / Per screen: $3,390 / Total cume: $68.6M to $68.8M / Wk 3

5). Tyler Perry’s Single Mom’s Club (LGF), 1,896 theaters / $3.2M Fri./ $3.2M Sat. (0%) / $1.8M Sun. (-42%) / 3-day cume: $8.3M / Per screen: $4,378 / Wk 1

6). The Lego Movie (WB), 3,040 theaters (-250) / $2M Fri. / $3.3M Sat. (+62%) / $2.18M Sun. (-35%) / 3-day cume: $7.5M to $7.6M (-29%) / Total cume: $236.8M / Wk 6

7). Son Of God (FOX), 2,990 theaters (-281) / $1.4M Fri./ $2.2M Sat. (+52%) / $1.76M Sun. (-20%) / 3-day cume: $5.4M+ (-48%) / Per screen: $1,840 / Total cume $50.8M / Wk 3

8). The Grand Budapest Hotel (FSL) / 66 theaters (+62) / $1M Fri./ $1.4M Sat. (+360%) / $1.1M Sun. (-20) / 3-day cume: $3.6M (+349%) Per screen: $55,152 / Total cume $4.8M / Wk 2

9). Frozen (DIS), 1,466 theaters (-194) / $520K Fri./ $925K Sat. (+76%) / $560M Sun. (-35%) / 3-day cume: $2M (-30%) / Per screen: $1,390 / Total cume: $396.3M / Wk 17

10). Monuments Men (SONY), 1,594 theaters (-407) / $590K Fri./ $950K Sat. (+61%) / $470K Sun. (-47%) / 3-day cume: $2M (-35%) / Total cume $73.8M / Wk 6

Veronica Mars (WB), 291 theaters / $1M Fri. / $617K Sat. (-39%) / $375K Sun. (-40%) / 3-day cume: $2M / Per screen: $6,837 to $7120 / Wk 1

2nd UPDATE, Saturday, 11:25 PM: Need for Speed (DIS) grosses are being downgraded based on Saturday night numbers and now looks to take in $18M to $18.3M on what is said to be a $66M budget (plus marketing/distrib. costs), slipping to No. 3.  in its opening weekend and, basically, not opening. The Electronic Arts video game may have sold over 140 million units, but the movie based on the wildly popular game is not translating to ticket sales. Perhaps international numbers will be stronger. Warner Bros./Legendary Pictures’ 300 Rise of an Empire is stepping over the roadkill into the No. 2 spot. Also, Tyler Perry’s Single Mom’s Club (LGF) is also expected to make less based on Saturday numbers, knocking down a million off of previous estimates. Veronica Mars (WB) is still expected to gross around $2M+ from its loyal (very loyal) fan base. It’s also being offered on VOD and fans have been downloading it (when they aren’t having technical issues). Will be interesting to see what those numbers reveal. Still will have to see if Disney’s Frozen stays in the Top Ten this weekend. Will update again in the AM when more numbers flow in. Here how it looks late tonight:

1). Mr. Peabody And Sherman (FOX), 3,951 theaters (+17) / $5.5M Fri. / $9.6M to $9.8M Sat. / 3-day cume: $21.3M to $21.5M (-35%) / Total cume: $63.3M to $63.8M / Wk 2

2). 300: Rise Of An Empire (WB), 3,490 theaters (+20) / $5.7M Fri./$7.8M to $8.1M Sat. / 3-day cume: $18.8M to $19M+ (-56%) / Total cume: $77M to / Wk 2

3). Need For Speed (DIS), 3,315 theaters / $6.6M Fri./ $6.9M Sat. / 3-day cume: $18M to $18.3M / Wk 1

4). Non-Stop (UNI),  Wk 3/ 3,183 theaters (+70) / $3.19M Fri./ $4.6M Sat. / 3-day cume: $10.5M (-35%) / Total cume: $68.4M / Wk 3

5). Tyler Perry’s Single Mom’s Club (LGF), 1,896 theaters / $3.2M Fri./ $3.3M Sat. / 3-day cume: $8.3M to $8.5M / Wk 1

6). The Lego Movie (WB), 3,040 theaters (-250) / $2M Fri. / $3.3M Sat. / 3-day cume: $7.6M to $7.8M (-25%) / Total cume: $237M to $236.8M / Wk 6

7). Son Of God (FOX), 2,990 theaters (-281) / $1.4M Fri./ $2.2M Sat. / 3-day cume: $5.2M to $5.4M (-50%) / Total cume $50.7M to $50.9M / Wk 3

8). The Grand Budapest Hotel (FSL) / 66 theaters (+62) / $1M Fri./ $1.6M Sat. / 3-day cume: $3M (+330%) Scrn Avg: $50K+ / Total cume $4.3M / Wk 2

9). Veronica Mars (WB), 291 theaters / $1M Fri. / $675K Sat. / 3-day cume: $2M to $2.2M / Per screen: $7,500 / Wk 1

10). Frozen (DIS), 1,466 theaters (-194) / $520K Fri./ $925K Sat. / 3-day cume: $2M (-33%) / Total cume: $396.2M / Wk 17

Monuments Men (SONY), 1,594 theaters (-407) / $590K Fri./ $950K Sat. / 3-day cume: $2M (-35%) / Total cume $73.9M / Wk 6

1st UPDATE Saturday, 7:43 AM: Mr. Peabody and Sherman (Fox/DreamWorks) is expected to make $21.3M this weekend to take the No. 1 spot as pre-Easter audiences are getting an influx of kids into the marketplace — holiday vacations are staggered across the U.S. so about 19% of the nation’s children are out of school this weekend. (Dropping this in at 8:53 AM — Fox is predicting a higher gross — $22M). Disney’s Need for Speed (DreamWorks) is proving that gamers are hermits and aren’t bringing friends (do they have any that aren’t digitally created in chat boxes?) as this Fast and Furious-lite (it’s a soft PG-13) started off well in late nights and then hit then slowed.

According to RelishMix, which tracks engagement in social media, YouTube subscribers and views counts, Facebook growth and Twitter activity for the picture were all stalled going into this weekend, but this morning social activity was up — esp. on YouTube. Taking third is Warner Bros./Legendary’s 300: Rise of an Empire which has fallen off about 60% compared to Peabody’s mere 33% drop but doing strong business overseas. Tyler Perry’s Single Mom’s Club is only going to open to around $9.1M to $9.4M for Lionsgate after being downgraded slightly this morning; it seems Perry is being replaced by the Will Packer/Kevin Hart combo in the marketplace even though it received an A- CinemaScore. Rob Thomas’ Veronica Mars’ Kickstarter experiment is kicking it on per screen average with an estimated $7,575 per screen, higher than everything but Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel which is just kicking up a storm again as it expands for Fox Searchlight. imagesMorning estimates have raised it to a possible $3.5M weekend or a $53K to 55K per in its expansion. A strong ensemble cast and smart marketing campaign is fueling this quirky film. Veronica Mars stepped into the No. 9 spot this morning for Warner Bros. Meanwhile, there is some question about what will round out the Top Ten — Disney’s Frozen in its 17th week in release or Sony’s Monuments Men in its 6th?

PREVIOUSLY, Friday, 11:16 PM: Mr. Peabody and Sherman, which started showing its strength this afternoon for Fox, looks to take the No. 1 spot this weekend only dropping about 36% in its second weekend. That puts it over the PG-newcomer Need for Speed – which got a B+ CinemaScore — distributed by Disney. The brakes are on the live action offering based on the extremely popular video game (with about 140 million units sold to date) while the box office numbers on Peabody are being closely watched by investors analyzing DreamWork Animation’s stock value. Mr.-Peabody-Sherman-3And speaking of not catching a break, Tyler Perry’s latest marks one of his lowest openers to date with Single Mom’s Club in a possible single-digit weekend opening of around $9.4M to $9.6M, despite its A- CinemaScore. If you remember, Lionsgate decided not to renew his first-look deal last month. Enuf said. Warner Bros./Legendary’s 300: Rise of an Empire is expected to take a big drop in its second weekend out, around 60%. It’s making most of its money in international markets right now with a cume well over $88M already. It looks like Frozen is still in the top 10 since … wait for it … opening at Thanksgiving last year. Veronica Mars fan base came out for the film and its per screen is actually higher than Mr. Peabody and Sherman‘s right now, but it’s not expect to make much at the box office overall.

grand budapestSpeaking of per screen averages: It is truly fun to watch the grosses on The Grand Budapest Hotel which is being handled quite well by Fox Searchlight. With its expansion from four theaters last weekend, it is looking like it might actually end up with a 43K to 44K per screen — another stellar weekend with a possible $2.8M take. Last weekend it broke all records with a $202K per screen average for director Wes Anderson which put together a delightful ensemble cast led by Ralph Fiennes.

The numbers and positions may change in the A.M., like always. Until then, here is what it looks like late tonight: