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'Rise of Empire' muscles its way to top of box office

Eva Green stars in the film "300: Rise of an Empire," which reigned as box office champ in its opening weekend. (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Eva Green stars in the film "300: Rise of an Empire," which reigned as box office champ in its opening weekend. (Warner Bros. Pictures)
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The shirtless warriors of the “300” sequel “Rise of an Empire” ravaged the post-Oscars box-office weekend with a domestic debut of $45.1 million but an even bigger international haul of $87.8 million. Seven years after the original “300” became an unlikely, ultra-stylish, blood-soaked sensation, Warner Bros.’ 3-D follow-up showed considerable might at the box office. While “300: Rise of an Empire” didn’t come close the North American debut of Zack Snyder’s 2007 original ($70.9 million ...


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