Exactly seven years after the record-breaking opening of the blockbuster Spartan battle pic, the historical action sequel 300: Rise of an Empire conquered the global box office with international growth helping to make up for understandable domestic shrinkage. The brutal R-rated war epic debuted to an estimated $45.1M in North America capturing the top spot with ease driven by a carnage-loving male fan base. Warner Bros. averaged a strong $12,983 from 3,470 locations including 343 IMAX screens (up from only 62 on the first film) which did tremendously well.
This week's Ketchup covers a sort of slow news cycle, post Academy Awards. The stories that did break include a few potential blockbusters for Sony Pictures, including a movie version of the video game The Last of Us, and a "gritty" reboot of Zorro. There's also a T. Rex movie, giant insects, and a possible remake of West Side Story.
The Coen brothers' upcoming Fargo TV show is based on their eponymous 1996 film, but contains new storylines and characters. Last week, a flurry of teasers dusted the internet, so we've put them all in one place for you. Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Bob Odenkirk and Oliver Platt star.
The Weekly Binge shifts gears to bring you a mini-series that could help fill the void once you finish True Detective. It may not have been on your radar when it premiered a year ago, so this week, we give you Sundance's Top of the Lake.