300… and 70 Million Dollars!

ComingSoon.net has posted the weekend box office estimates and Warner Bros. Pictures’ 300 set a new March record!

Director Zack Snyder’s adaptation of Frank Miller’s epic graphic novel 300 set a new March record with an estimated opening of $70 million from 3,103 locations. Starring Gerard Butler as King Leonidas who leads the Spartans against the massive Persian army, the movie surpassed previous March record holder Ice Age: The Meltdown, which collected $68 million its first weekend last year. Budgeted in the mid-$60 million range, the Warner Bros. release also marks the third-highest debut ever for an R-rated movie, trailing just The Matrix Reloaded ($91.8 million) and The Passion of The Christ ($83.8 million). It is now also the top opening of 2007 so far, beating Ghost Rider’s $45.4 million from February.

Click here to read the full box office report, including how Ghost Rider performed in its fourth weekend.

Source: Box Office Mojo