Violent 300 rockets up Hollywood's radar

Category: 300 News | Posted by: DaisyMay
Article Date: March 14, 2007 | Publication: London Free Press | Author: Michael Rechtshaffen
Publication/Article Link:http://lfpress.ca/newsstand/Today/Entertainment/2007/03/14/3748337-sun.html

Prior to this past weekend, the number 300 didn't hold much significance for most folks here.

All that changed since a film with that very title chronicling the ancient Greek Battle of Thermopylae (rhymes with monopoly) stormed the North American box office with a head-twisting take of $70 million US.

The ultra-violent release set a March opening record and claims the third-highest debut ever for an R-rated film, behind The Matrix Reloaded and The Passion of the Christ.

Not too spartan for a movie with no big names, a nondescript title and a conflict that you may have blinked and missed in history class.

While Warner Bros. was relying on the comic geek/fanboy contingent to guarantee a take in the $40-million range -- 300 is inspired by the graphic novel by Sin City creator Frank Miller -- they hadn't counted on such a strong female turnout.

Whether the big distaff attraction had to do with the presence of a strong female character (Lena Headey as the fearless Queen Gorgo) or a hunky male lead (The Phantom of the Opera's Gerard Butler as the relentless King Leonidas), the producers are now scrambling to figure out how they can come up with a sequel.

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