Warner's 300: Rise of an Empire took in $2.99 million on Thursday to lead the daily box office for a seventh consecutive day. The high-profile 3D action sequel was down 3 percent from Wednesday. 300: Rise of an Empire was the week's top film with a healthy seven-day start of $59.21 million. That places the film 38.5 percent behind the $96.29 million seven-day start of 2007's 300 and 35 percent ahead of the $43.88 million seven-day take of 2012's Wrath of the Titans. 300: Rise of an Empire will likely find itself in a fairly close three-way race for first place this weekend with Disney's Need for Speed and Fox's Mr. Peabody & Sherman.
Speaking of Mr. Peabody & Sherman, the DreamWorks Animation 3D computer animated film rounded out its first week of release with $2.38 million to remain in second. Mr. Peabody & Sherman placed in second for the week with a seven-day start of $41.98 million. That places the film 32.5 percent behind the $62.18 million seven-day start of last year's The Croods and 18.5 percent ahead of the $35.44 million seven-day take of 2009's Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.
Universal's Non-Stop held steady in third place with $1.32 million. The action thriller starring Liam Neeson was unchanged from Wednesday's performance and down a healthy 18 percent from last Thursday. Non-Stop placed in third for the week with $21.45 million. That represented a 42 percent decline from the film's opening week performance and brings the film's two-week total to $58.19 million.
The LEGO Movie placed in fourth with $1.08 million. Warner's blockbuster 3D computer animated film increased 6 percent over Wednesday and 4 percent over last Thursday. The LEGO Movie took fourth place for the week with $15.26 million. That was down 40.5 percent from the previous frame and brings the film's five-week total to a massive $229.23 million.
Fox's Son of God rounded out the day's unchanged top five with $0.82 million. The modestly budgeted biblical epic fell 1 percent from Wednesday and 40 percent from last Thursday. Son of God placed in fifth for the week with $13.98 million. That represented a 56 percent decline and brings the film's two-week total to a stronger than expected $45.47 million.
On the platform front, Fox Searchlight's The Grand Budapest Hotel continued its especially impressive start with $76,764 from just four locations. That gave the Wes Anderson directed film a per-location average of $19,191 for the day. The film has grossed $1.14 million in seven days, which places it 32 percent ahead of the $0.86 million seven-day, four-location platform launch of 2012's Moonrise Kingdom. The Grand Budapest Hotel will be playing in 66 locations this weekend.