Zack Snyder’s “300: Rise of an Empire” left no man standing at the domestic box office with a respectable $45.1 million debut. The original flick starring Gerard Butler stormed cinemas with $70.9 million seven years ago on its debut weekend, but nothing stopped the sequel to snatch the top spot this week even thought it didn’t beat its predecessor. The follow-up also raked in a hefty sum overseas, it opened to $87.8 million, with a worldwide gross of $132.9 million. The blood thirsty film is led by Sullivan Stapleton as the Greece commander and newcomer Eva Green who portrays Artemisia. The film also stars Rodrigo Santoro who is back to reprise his role as the villainous Xerxes and Lena Headey as Queen Gorgo.

Watch the “300: Rise of an Empire” featurette

Watch the “300: Rise of an Empire” trailer

"300: Rise of an Empire"  promo poster

“300: Rise of an Empire” promo poster

The animated film “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” is this week’s runner-up in second place with an estimated $32.5 million. The movie based on the “Peabody’s Improbable History” segments from the 1960s animated TV show “The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show”, also raked in an estimated worldwide gross of $98.5 million. Voiced by Ty Burrell, Max Charles, Ariel Winter, Stephen Colbert, Leslie Mann and Stanley Tucci, the story revolves around a brilliant talking dog and his human boy pal.

"Mr. Peabody & Sherman" Poster

“Mr. Peabody & Sherman” Poster

The Liam Neeson starrer “Non-Stop”, falls to third place from the No.1 spot last week, with another $15.4 million for a domestic total of $52 million. The top 5 is rounded up with Warner Bros’ “The Lego Movie” with an estimated $11 million in fourth place, and last week’s second spot contender “Son of God” slides to fifth place with an estimated $10 million. “Frozen (2013)”, “12 Years a Slave” and “Ride Along” are still holding on to the top 10 spots.

Quick look at the top-grossing pictures in North American theaters, courtesy of Box Office Mojo:

  1. “300: Rise of an Empire” – $45.1 million
  2. “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” – $32.5 million
  3. “Non-Stop” – $15.4 million
  4. “The Lego Movie” – $11 million
  5. “Son of God” – $10 million
  6. “The Monuments Men” – $3.1 million
  7. “3 Days to Kill” – $3.06 million
  8. “Frozen (2013)” – $3 million
  9. “12 Years a Slave” – $2.2 million
  10. “Ride Along” – $2 million