'Mr. Peabody' top dog at U.S. box office, revs past 'Speed,' '300'

LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK, March 16 Sun Mar 16, 2014 12:13pm EDT

LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK, March 16 (Reuters) - "Mr. Peabody & Sherman" won the weekend box office derby with $21.2 million in ticket sales, outpacing both last week's winner "300: Rise of An Empire" and video game turned car racing movie "Need for Speed."

The animated "Mr. Peabody & Sherman," which opened a week earlier in the No. 2 spot, overtook last week's winner, the Greek-era action film "300: Rise of an Empire" which collected $19.1 million from Friday to Sunday, according to studio estimates.

"Need for Speed" settled for third place on its opening weekend with ticket sales of $17.8 million at U.S. and Canadian theaters.

(Reporting By Ronald Grover and Chris Michaud)