George Clooney's World War II action/drama/comedy The Monuments Men opened to the Number 1 spot with just over $2m in ticket sales.
Last weeks No. 1, 300: Rise of an Empire dropped down to second with $1.4m ($5.3m total), that was enough to fend off the other new opener Need for Speed which stalled off the line mustering up only $1.3m in it's opening frame.
Around the World
Mr Peabody and Sherman moved up from it's No. 2 debut in the U.S last week to take the No. 1 spot from '300: Rise of an Empire'.
Falling into line with similar trends as Australia, 'Need for Speed' tanked with a $17.8m opening. Which was only good enough for third, 'Need for Speed' really needed to open over $20m to get any kind of traction in the U.S market.
But salvation might come from the east, 'Need for Speed' opened No. 1 in China with an impressive $21m. This isn't the first time a U.S produced film has been largely ignored by it's homeland and found success in China, recent notables being Pacific Rim ($122m total from China) and the Robocop reboot ($50m total from China). So 'Need for Speed' might not be out of the race just yet.
The freshly crowd funded Veronica Mars movie found it's way into U.S cinemas and VOD around the world, the theatrical release was limited with less than 300 screens and a $2m opening haul. The real success for the film will be when the final tally on VOD and DVD sales comes in.
Australian Box Office
|1||The Monument's Men||$2.1m|
|2||300: Rise of an Empire||$1.4m|
|3||Need for Speed||$1.3m|
U.S Box Office
|1||Mr Peabody and Sherman||$21.8m|
|2||300: Rise of an Empire||$19.2m|
|3||Need for Speed||$17.8m|
|5||Tyler Perry's 'The Single Mom's Club'||$8m|