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Fetching ‘Peabody & Sherman’ top box office

  • This image released by DreamWorks Animation shows Sherman, voiced by Max Charles, left, and Mr. Peabody, voiced by Ty Burell, in a scene from the animated film, "Mr Peabody & Sherman." (AP Photo/ DreamWorks Animation)

    This image released by DreamWorks Animation shows Sherman, voiced by Max Charles, left, and Mr. Peabody, voiced by Ty Burell, in a scene from the animated film, "Mr Peabody & Sherman." (AP Photo/ DreamWorks Animation)

  • This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Sullivan Stapleton in the film, "300: Rise of an Empire." (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures)

    This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Sullivan Stapleton in the film, "300: Rise of an Empire." (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures)

  • This image released by DreamWorks II shows Aaron Paul in a scene from the film, “Need for Speed.” (AP Photo/DreamWorks II, Melinda Sue Gordon)

    This image released by DreamWorks II shows Aaron Paul in a scene from the film, “Need for Speed.” (AP Photo/DreamWorks II, Melinda Sue Gordon)

  • This photo provided by Lionsgate shows Nia Long as May in a scene from Tyler Perry's film "The Single Moms Club." (AP Photo/Lionsgate, K C Bailey)

    This photo provided by Lionsgate shows Nia Long as May in a scene from Tyler Perry's film "The Single Moms Club." (AP Photo/Lionsgate, K C Bailey)

  • This image released by DreamWorks Animation shows Sherman, voiced by Max Charles, left, and Mr. Peabody, voiced by Ty Burell, in a scene from the animated film, "Mr Peabody & Sherman." (AP Photo/ DreamWorks Animation)
  • This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Sullivan Stapleton in the film, "300: Rise of an Empire." (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures)
  • This image released by DreamWorks II shows Aaron Paul in a scene from the film, “Need for Speed.” (AP Photo/DreamWorks II, Melinda Sue Gordon)
  • This photo provided by Lionsgate shows Nia Long as May in a scene from Tyler Perry's film "The Single Moms Club." (AP Photo/Lionsgate, K C Bailey)

Chasing down the top spot at the box office after debuting at No. 2 last week, Mr. Peabody & Sherman took the lead in its second weekend.

The DreamWorks animated film about the time-traveling adventures of a genius dog and the human son he adopted earned $21.2 million, according to studio estimates yesterday. The kiddie-jaunt features voices from Modern Family stars Ty Burrell and Ariel Winter.

“Our mid-week numbers were very strong, indicating good and positive word of mouth,” said Chris Aronson, president of domestic distribution at Twentieth Century Fox. “If anything, this is exceeding (expectations). It’s a combination of likable characters, and it’s a nostalgia play for those who are familiar with the show.”

Mr. Peabody and Sherman first appeared in the 1950s and early 1960s on the show Peabody’s Improbable History, a segment within the animated television series Rocky and His Friends and later The Bullwinkle Show.

Warner Bros.’s warrior drama 300: Rise of an Empire dropped to the second place slot with $19.1 million after debuting at No. 1 last weekend.

Dreamworks’s street racer thrill, Need for Speed, based on the popular EA Entertainment video game, drove into third place with $17.8 million.

Associated Press

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