On Friday, Zack Snyder's300raked in a ridiculous $27.7 million, meaning that it may go on to claim one of the biggest March opening weekends in history. The current title holder for biggest March opening is last year's Ice Age: The Meltdown, which brought in $68.0 million in its first weekend, and went on to gross $195.3 million. Second place belongs, curiously enough, to 2002's Ice Age, which took in $46.2 million in its opening weekend and went on to gross $176.3 million. Third place belongs to the recent surprise box-office hit Wild Hogs, which opened last weekend with $39.6 million in spite of a critical pasting.
In spite of the massive single-day digits, 300's take still doesn't come close to posting the highest Friday ever. That title belongs to Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, which brought in $55.8 million in its first Friday and went on to gross an astonishing $423.3 million. 300's Friday take places it squarely in 14th place in Friday openings, just ahead of Goldmember and just below Shrek 2, which had a Friday opening of $28.3 million. The one thing that 300's box-office take tells us for sure is that the project he's been talking up lately, a big-screen adaptation of The Watchmen, will now probably move forward with a sizeable budget and very high expectations.