“Mr. Peabody and Sherman” of Fox-DreamWorks beat “Need for Speed” of Disney-DreamWorks in the box office. The action film was directed by Scott Waugh and it hit the theatres on March 14, 2014. According to the data from BoxOffice.com, the movie earned $17,808,000 (est.) on it first week. Its total domestic gross was the same with its first week, and the worldwide gross amounted to $63,408,00, falling short for its $66 million budget.
The canine movie “Mr. Peabody and Sherman” earned a total of $32,207,057 on its opening weekend as posted on BoxOffice.com. Its total domestic gross was $63,179,916 (est.) and the worldwide gross was $148,783,044 (est.), over its $145 million budget according to Worst Previews.
The video game’s popularity and the “Breaking Bad” star Aaron Paul did not help the film to generate profit in the box office. However, Variety pointed out the exception of car-themed film like “Fast and Furious” series. Its last installment earned $97 million upon its opening in May 2013. It later grossed to $239 million in the Stateside and $789 million worldwide.
In spite of the 64% of moviegoers who liked the film, Rotten Tomatoes top critics gave this movie a 24%.
Toronto Star’s Tony Wong did not have any kind words to describe the film. He cited that “Need for Speed failed on different levels. “It almost begs you to bring back the hyperactive, overacting Nicolas Cage for Drive Angry 2. Almost,” said Wong in the Toronto Star report.
According to the statistics published in Variety, 70% of the audiences were males. The age groups were divided to 18-25 (28%) and 26-34 (28%). More so, the couples comprised 66% of the crowd.
Meanwhile, “Mr. Peabody and Sherman,” a family-oriented and a kid-friendly movie, was a common pick for children heading for a spring vacation.
Disney’s distributor Dave Hollis explained to Entertainment Weekly his sentiments regarding the disappointing figures of “Need for Speed.” “Overall, having a $63 million weekend worldwide when the movie cost what it did — it cost $66 million — we’re off to a fine start. The domestic number is a little disappointing,” said Hollis in the Entertainment Weekly article.
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