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Saturday Night Live this weekend was hosted by Girls star Lena Dunham, who used her TV persona to provide some laughs for the sketch show – particularly when it came to doing a parody of her hit HBO show.
Dunham and Tarran Killam played the Bible’s Adam and Eve, debating their lives while naked in the Garden of Eden. Channeling Hannah Horvath, Dunham’s Eve pressed Adam to define their relationship and displayed some feminist outrage when he suggested that God made her from his rib. Vanessa Bayer as Soshanna was the snake – convincing Eve to eat the apple. Eve, when confronted by God, wasn’t having it.
“Can you please not apple shame me right now?” said Eve. “Seriously, I know I committed original sin, but at least it’s original.”
After a modest February, things should start picking up across the board at the box office as we enter March. This weekend, Warner Bros. and Legendary’s macho sequel 300: Rise of an Empire debuts against DreamWorks’ animated family pic Mr. Peabody & Sherman. Clearly neither are going after the same audience, and both are primed to hit decent $30 plus million debuts, but the Greeks versus Persians sword-and-sandals epic is going to win the weekend and redeem the genre from Pompeii’s and Hercules’ poor 2014 box office showings.
Here’s how things might play out:
1. 300: Rise of an Empire — $45 million »
- Lindsey Bahr
Witness the rise of a god in the thrilling tale of the celebrated mythical warrior, The Legend of Hercules, coming to Blu-ray 3D Disc (plus 2D Blu-ray and Digital HD UltraViolet), DVD (plus Digital UltraViolet), Video on Demand and Pay-Per-View April 29 from Summit Entertainment, a Lionsgate company. The film will also be available on Digital HD April 15, two weeks prior to the Blu-ray and DVD release.
Directed by Renny Harlin (Die Hard 2: Die Harder, Deep Blue Sea) and written by Sean Hood (Conan the Barbarian) and Daniel Giat (TV's Path to War), The Legend of Hercules stars Kellan Lutz (upcoming The Expendables 3), Scott Adkins (Zero Dark Thirty, The Expendables 2), Liam McIntyre (Starz's Spartacus: War of the Damned), Liam Garrigan (Starz's The Pillars of the Earth), Johnathon Schaech (Showtime's Ray Donovan, TV's The Client List), Roxanne McKee (HBO's Game of Thrones) along with Gaia Weiss (Mary Queen of Scots »
Oscars buzz boosts UK box office and whether growling on a plane or voicing an animation, it's Liam Neeson's moment
• Review of The Lego Movie
• Review of Non-Stop
• More on the UK box office
Adding another £4.79m in the past seven days, The Lego Movie now stands at a sturdy £26.67m after three weeks of play. That puts it level with the lifetime tallies of blockbusters including Spider-Man 2 (£26.72m) and Ocean's Eleven (£26.47m), and ahead of fellow animations including Ratatouille (£24.80m) and Wall-e (£22.91m). The Lego Movie will pretty soon overtake the likes of Shrek (£29m) and A Bug's Life (£29.45m) and is clearly headed into the mid-30s (£m).
Although box office for The Lego Movie is certainly skewed to the weekend, its decent performance in the Monday-to-Thursday period suggests that it is picking up a true adult audience, rather than merely adult chaperones of children. »
- Charles Gant
The 3D animated movie earned £3.2 million to secure first place, easily beating out Liam Neeson's airborne thriller - which took £2.6 million, significantly less than his last action outing Taken 2 (£7.3 million in 2012).
Elsewhere, Tinker Bell and the Pirate Fairy is still performing well post-half-term, earning £658,312 on its third week on release.
This Friday sees high-profile releases in the form of 300: Rise of an Empire and The Grand Budapest Hotel - both are expected to make a dent in the chart.
The UK box office top ten in full:
1. (1) The Lego Movie - £3,266,594
2. (-) Non-Stop - £2,652,364
3. (- »
It seems that audiences want to see Liam Neeson in action films, because the actor's "Non-Stop" movie has just taken first place at the domestic box office with earnings of $30 million. That marks the best opening for a Neeson movie outside of "Taken 2," which opened to $49.5 million in 2012. Overseas, "Non-Stop" grossed another $20 million for a worldwide debut of $50 million, the exact amount of money it cost to make the film. "Non-Stop" has a 58% fresh rating on RottenTomatoes. The other new wide release of the weekend was "Son of God," which landed in second place with $26.5 million, the second-best opening for a Christian film after "The Passion of the Christ," which was released exactly one decade ago. The movie is an adaptation from the hit television mini-series "The Bible." "Son of God" has a lousy 25% fresh rating. Meanwhile, "Frozen," which just won the Oscar for best animated film, also just »
People love to watch Liam Neeson fighting to get out of impossible situations. Taken, Taken 2, Unknown and The Grey all opened at number one. This weekend continued the tradition with Non-Stop banking $30 million for an easy number one. Second place went to Son of God which banked $26 million. That's a noticeably lower opening from the last feature film about Jesus, The Passion of the Christ, which debuted with $83 million back in 2004. After three weekends at number one The Lego Movie was finally toppled, dropping to third place. But adding $21 million to its total, the animated feature cruised past the $200 million mark. Frozen spent its 15th weekend in the top ten and is nearing the $400 million line in domestic sales. Internationally it passed the billion dollar mark, joining an elite group of just seventeen other movies to achieve that level of sales. For the full weekend top ten, check out »
Liam Neeson once again reigns supreme at the box office as part of a very strong top 3.
Although it might have seemed like audiences weren’t as keen on the Taken 2 star after said film failed to pass its predecessor’s total gross, the 61-year-old star has shown he can still open a film, even a mostly generic one. And with The Nut Job, Lego Movie, and now this having done well at the box office – not to mention the ...
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- Anthony Taormina
Liam Neeson may not have become a full-fledged action star until he was in his mid-50s, but the man is proving downright unstoppable at the box office. Neeson’s latest action outing, Non-Stop, bested the competition this Oscar weekend with a stronger-than-expected $30 million opening, knocking The Lego Movie out of the No. 1 spot it had held for three straight weeks and topping the weekend’s other major debut, Son of God, which took second place with $26.5 million.
- Josh Rottenberg
Marking another major win for Liam Neeson's career as an elder action star, Non-Stop topped the North American box office with a $30 million debut. Among Neeson's recent action-thrillers, that's the best showing outside of Taken 2, which opened to $49.5 million in 2012. Overseas, Non-Stop also did nicely, opening to $20 million from 21 markets for a $50 million global launch. But it was Sony and MGM's RoboCop which came in No. 1 overseas, where it is faring far better than in North America. The sci-fi remake took in $30 million internationally for a
- Pamela McClintock
Well, Son of God failed to ignite the religious base with the same fervor as something such as Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ, but considering it's a film edited down from a television mini-series, which is to say it's essentially the same as printing money, the $26.5 million it brought in for a second place finish this weekend is nothing to dismiss. In fact, it might not be done as it dipped only 2% from Friday to Saturday and it's not quite clear just how well it might end up doing on Sunday. Fox also has to love that "A-" CinemaScore, but what else would you expectc Taking #1, however, is the latest Liam Neeson actioner, Non-Stop, bringing in $30 million and an "A-" CinemaScore. Non-Stop is the second highest opening for one of Neeson's latest actioners, second only to Taken 2 ($49.5 million), but higher than The Grey ($19.6m), Unknown ($21.8m »
- Brad Brevet
Non-Stop lands first! It took the power of Liam Neeson (and Jesus) to knock over the stack of toy blocks and claim the #1 spot this weekend, as Non-stop opened with $30 million! That opening didn't reach the same altitude of Neeson's last time shooting up bad guys -- Taken 2 started with $49.5 million in 2012. But it came in higher than Unknown, Neeson's previous effort with director Jaume Collet-Serra, which opened with $21.8 million in 2011. Including The »
- Dave Davis
Despite middling reviews, Neeson’s cat-and-mouse thriller Non-Stop pulled in $10 million on Friday to take the No. 1 spot. While this is a weaker opening than Neeson’s last action outing, 2012′s Taken 2, the film earned an A- CinemaScore from audiences, which should help push it to a better-than-expected $30 million take for the weekend and proves that Neeson’s appeal to fans of old-school action movies shows no sign of stopping. »
- Josh Rottenberg
The battle for box office glory during Oscar weekend will be tight with Universal’s Liam Neeson actioner “Non-Stop” expected to wind up around $25 million, just edging out Fox’s Biblical drama “Son of God” which should end up at $21 to $25 million.
Friday estimates placed “Non-Stop” with $8 million to $9 million while “Son of God” was tracking in the $7 million to $7.5 million range — including $1.2 million in late-night shows on Thursday. The first-day showing for “Son of God” caused execs to raise their forecasts, which had been in the $15 million to $20 million range.
“Non-Stop” and “Son of God” look likely to top the fourth weekend of “The Lego Movie,” which has notched three straight winning frames. The Warner Bros.-Village Roadshow toon appeared headed for a Friday total of $4.3 million but business should surge enough on Saturday and Sunday to finish the weekend at about $20 million.
“Lego” should wind up the weekend with around $208 million in U. »
- Dave McNary
As career paths go, Liam Neeson's one as an aging action star is one we couldn't have really seen coming. Taken initially felt like a one off, but with the likes of Unknown and Taken 2 (with Taken 3 looming on the horizon like a threatening Kaiju), it's obvious this is a trajectory the actor is sticking with, even if each subsequent film has been a serious step down in quality from the first time he stepped into the action ring. Which brings us nicely to Non-Stop. Is it another misstep for Neeson, or will it salvage his current career path? The plot of Non-Stop is wonderfully high concept. Neeson plays Bill Marks, a tortured (of course) Air Marshall, with alcohol being his vice of choice. A routine flight turns into anything but when he starts receiving mysterious text messages saying a passenger will die every twenty minutes unless »
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You’d think, at a certain point, people would stop messing with Liam Neeson. Kidnap his daughter? He will kill you all. Mess with his memory? He will kill you all. Abduct his wife? He will kill you all. Glue his parents into place? He will ki-well he won’t be happy about it anyway. But no, the bad guys refuse to catch a clue, and now the fools are at it again. Bill Marks (Neeson) is an Irish-born U.S. Air Marshal having a really bad day. He’s drinking heavily, arguing with his boss, and heading out on a trans-Atlantic flight to London. Oh, and he hates to fly. Things worsen when an anonymous text hits his phone threatening to kill someone on-board the plane unless $150 million is wired into a specified account. Ever the professional, Marks sets out to find the culprit by any means necessary. Non-Stop is closer to Taken than it is »
- Rob Hunter
January and February are traditionally regarded as dumping grounds for Hollywood’s lesser movies — the time when studios release the films not good enough for Oscar season and not promising enough for the summer box office. But with a surprising string of winter action hits, beginning with 2009′s Taken, that window might also be termed Neeson Season. “Neeson’s imposing 6’4” frame, haunted eyes, and knack for snapping limbs like celery stalks have elevated throwaways such as Unknown, The Grey, and Taken 2 into something more than the sum of their parts,” writes EW’s Chris Nashawaty. “They may not all be memorable films, »
- Jeff Labrecque
Director: Jaume Collet-Serra
Running Time: 106 minutes.
Synopsis: An air marshal springs into action during a transatlantic flight after receiving a series of text messages that put his fellow passengers at risk.
Liam Neeson is the new archetypal regular guy in the wrong place, but, much like Bruce Willis, can often be the right man for that moment. Although Non-stop is fundamentally what you’d expect, it also packs a great punch with tension, strikingly quick-cut action scenes and, very happily, erases all memories of the tall Ballymena man in Taken 2.
Non-stop sees Neeson team up with director Jaume Collet-Serra after previously working on Unknown together, and although that one didn’t cut it, this is a step up, especially when it’s always a daring decision to set your plot in one specific place. »
- Dan Bullock
We bloody love Liam Neeson here at Thn, although we have only just forgiven him for Taken 2! Tomorrow sees the release of his latest action-thriller Non-stop, with ass-kicking Irishman reunited with his Unknown director Jaume Collet-Serra. Their last collaboration wasn’t much to write home about but we have high-flying hopes for this one with Neeson’s air marshal finding himself in a race-against-time mission to mask the culprit who threatening to kill a passenger ever 20 minutes unless the airline transfers $150 million into an off-shore account.
We have a brand new featurette giving us a look behind-the-scenes of the filming with an impressive supporting cast consisting of Julianne Moore, Michelle Dockery, Linus Roche, Scoot McNairy, Corey Stoll, Lupita Nyong’o and Anson Mount.
- Craig Hunter
Liam Neeson has battled terrorists on land (Taken), he’s fought aliens at sea (Battleship) and now, the actor can say that he’s part of the action genre Mile High Club thanks to his latest film, Non-Stop. Directed by frequent Joel Silver collaborator, Jaume Collet-Serra (Orphan/Unknown), we once again watch Liam become entangled in some thrilling bit of drama involving an airplane, a drinking problem, and a hidden bomb – presenting plenty of ass-kicking opportunities along the way. Simple set up, similar action, and more serious faces from Liam Neeson (Exhibit A above), but at least the single-setting situation presented by an airplane in flight creates a fresh bit of fun for audiences to wrap their minds around. Where a film like Taken 2 felt stale and rehashed, Non-Stop challenges typical genre norms by confining fight scenes to tiny bathroom stalls and crowded aisles – a saving grace that creates »
- Matt Donato
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