300: Rise Of An Empire(2014)
- RatedM18 /GenreAction, Drama
The epic action follow up to 2007’s ‘300’ has seen a solid start at the box office, despite its M18 rating and having only been in theatres less than a week.
The swords and sandals flick, which opened on 6 March, grossed $1,714,884 at the box office, making it the highest industry opening weekend for an M18 film in Singapore. This puts it at least half a million dollars ahead of past high-grossing M18 films like ‘The Hangover Part III’ ($1,107,185), which was released last year, and 2004’s ‘Passion of the Christ’ ($982,330).
Even its predecessor, ‘300’, managed a comparatively lower opening weekend box office result of $988,564.
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The movie, which opened across multiple formats, including 2D, 3D, IMAX 3D and Dolby Digital Atmos, is the retelling of the second Persian invasion of Greece. It takes the battle to the sea, where Persian naval commander Artemisia (Eva Green, ‘James Bond’) leads the armada of “God King” Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro) against the Greek forces lead by Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton, ‘Gangster Squad’).
Eva Green plays ruthless naval commander Artemisia
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Lena Headey and David Wenham also star in the blockbuster, which was helmed by Israeli director Noam Murro (an award-winning director of commercials)
The film received an M18 rating because of its steamy sex scene and violence.