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Need For Speed stalls on US debut with $17.8 million

Need For Speed

Story by Jack Foley

RACING movie Need For Speed has stalled at the US box office, hitting only $17.8 million despite a promising start.

The figure was not enough to enable the Aaron Paul fronted movie to take top spot, which went instead to last week’s second-placed movie, the animated adventure Mr. Peabody & Sherman.

Need For Speed finished third although it did perform well internationally, taking in $45.6 million, including a $21.2 million launch in China, for a world-wide start of $63.2 million.

Mr Peabody & Sherman had trailed 300: Rise Of An Empire but continued to appeal to audiences and took a further $21.2 million on its second weekend to go up a place to No.1.

The 300 sequel, meanwhile, slipped to second with $19.1 million.

Need for Speed, directed by Scott Waugh, was adapted from the popular Electronic Arts game of the same name, which has notched up sales in the $4 billion range.

It was seen as a potential franchise starter as well as a chance for Breaking Bad star Paul to lay down some leading man credentials. He plays Tobey Marshall, who sets off on a cross-country race to avenge the death of a friend, against Dominic Cooper’s villain.

At the opposite end of the box office scale, Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel continued to dazzle despite playing in limited theatres. After setting a record last weekend, the indie took $3.6 million as it expanded from four to 66 cinemas in its second weekend, underlining its must-see credentials.

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