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Showing the vitality of Liam Neeson carrying a gun and a broken heart, Non-Stop recently gave the new action hero one of his biggest box office weekends so far. Involving an air marshal using a particular set of skills to hunt and kill someone threatening his plane (to paraphrase Taken), the film may seem like a generic Neeson actioner. But while his character might be a composite of previous roles, the anxiety he tackles within this film is fresh. Considering its box office success (and my mother’s intense experience in watching the movie), Non-Stop works efficiently as a thriller in 2014 because it provides viewers with imagery of in-flight chaos not seen since before 9/11. It is also the indication of a natural progression for how Hollywood films are »
- Nick Allen
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
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 »
Non-Stop and Son of God ruled the box office over Oscar weekend. The Liam Neeson action movie took first place with $28.9 million, while Son of God was an impressive runner-up.Meanwhile, Disney Animation's Frozen became the 18th movie ever to earn over $1 billion worldwide. More importantly, it's only the fifth movie ever to hit that milestone that's not a sequel or prequel. With an opening in Japan on the way, Frozen will likely end its run in the Top 10 all-time.Playing at 3,090 locations, Non-Stop led the way with $28.9 million. That's a significant step up from recent Neeson movies Unknown ($21.9 million) and The Grey ($19.7 million). It's also on par with similar movies like Olympus Has Fallen ($30.4 million) and Inside Man ($29 million). Following Lone Survivor and Ride Along, this is the third movie from Universal Pictures to open in the top spot this year. Even more impressive is the fact that all »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
A rare fourth frame on top was not in the cards for The Lego Movie. The animated hit fell to third place this weekend, surpassed by two radically different new titles. In first place, Non-Stop is the latest thriller to star Liam Neeson and was expected by most to have a strong showing over this Oscar weekend. What was not as expected was how close Son of God would come to shooting Non-Stop out of the sky. Title Weekend Total 1. Non-Stop $30,019,000 $30 2. Son of God $26,500,000 $26.5 3. The Lego Movie $21,015,000 $209.3 4. The Monuments Men $5,000,000 $65.6 5. 3 Days to Kill $4,900,000 $20.7 6. Robocop $4,500,000 $51.2 7. Pompeii $4,300,000 $17.7 8. Frozen $3,611,000 $388.7 9. About Last Night $3,400,000 $43.7 10. Ride Along $3,065,000 $127.1 Leading up to this weekend’s opening, few were sure where Son of God would land. Fox said it was expecting around $15 million, which would have been a big win for a glorified TV movie. Instead, Son of God brought in an estimated $26.5 million from 3,260 locations – topping the movie’s reported budget of $25 million. »
- Nicole Pedersen
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 and Son of God both did strong business on Friday, though the Liam Neeson thriller wound up with a slight edge.Playing at 3,090 locations, Non-Stop opened to an estimated $10 million. That's a drastic improvement over recent Neeson movies Unknown ($6.7 million) and The Grey ($6.5 million). For the three-day weekend, Non-Stop should finish with around $30 million.Son of God was no Passion of the Christ, though it still got off to an impressive start. The movie earned $9.4 million on Friday, which is more than Courageous, The Nativity Story and Fireproof earned in their entire first weekend. By Sunday, Son of God will likely have collected at least $27 million.After three weeks in the lead, The Lego Movie is going to have to settle for third place this weekend. The animated hit fell 39 percent to $4.4 million, which should translate to a $20 million weekend. So far, it has earned $192.7 million total, and it »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The box office experienced a divine bump on Thursday as “Son of God” prevailed over “Non-Stop.” The edited version of last year’s History channel miniseries “The Bible” opened to $1.2 million, proving that the faith-based community will indeed turn out if the marketing and the material is right. In contrast, “Non-Stop” which finds Liam Neeson pitted against a mysterious hijacker, opened to $720,000. Universal Studios, which is releasing the film, said “Non-Stop’s” initial results compare favorably to Neeson’s other action thriller “The Grey,” which did $150,000 in its late night debut en route to a nearly $20 million opening weekend. Also read: Mark. »
- Brent Lang
Benefiting from advance ticket sales, Fox’s “Son of God” has launched strongly with $1.2 million in Thursday night shows at North American theaters.
Universal’s Liam Neeson actioner “Non-Stop” also started respectably with $720,000 at 1,928 late night shows in North American theaters. By comparison, “The Grey” took in $150,000 at late-nights and “Olympus Has Fallen” grossed $500,000.
“The Lego Movie” will also be a player after winning three straight weekends and should finish around $20 million for the weekend. Warner Bros. toon took in $1.26 million Thursday, its 21st day of release, for a domestic cume of $188.2 million.
“Son of God” has seen significant online ticket sales, according to both Fandango and Movietickets.com, with $4.5 million worth of advanced tickets.
- Dave McNary
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
From Non-Stop to Ernest & Celestine, here's what to see and what to skip in theaters this weekend. See ThisNon-StopIt was Col. Mustard on the airplane with the candlestick. Yes, the fun of Non-Stop is that it's like a hijack version of Clue, with a whole gang of suspects threatening to take out passengers on an international flight. The movie is so twisty, even its ostensible hero, played by Liam Neeson, is a person of interest. Non-Stop reunites Neeson with his Unknown director, Jaume Collet-Serra, and it's clear the two learned something from that half-hearted effort, since this latest outing is far more engaging. »
- Alynda Wheat, PEOPLE Movie Critic
With Non-Stop, Liam Neeson continues his “Old-Grizzled Man Against the World” phase—a neo-Charles Bronson personality that isn’t afraid to kick ass and take names. Largely typecast for weighty biopics early on in his career with a slight Phantom Menace stopover dotted right in the middle, it is most obviously the out-of-nowhere 2008 megahit Taken that has largely defined the timbre of his recent output (save for a few outliers like the ridiculously good Lego Movie). Who could have thought Oskar Schindler could be such a badass?
All kidding aside, Neeson has managed to whittle his usually slender Irish visage and dulcet brogue into a brawny sexagenarian persona battered by body and mind alike through thrillers like The Grey or Unknown (also directed by Non-Stop helmer Jaume Collet-Serra) quite nicely. It’s a mixture of Neeson’s preternatural ability to both make you sympathize with him via his acting »
- Sean Hutchinson
Once upon a time, Liam Neeson would have been spending the week leading up to the Oscars preparing to attend as a nominee. Today, he is preparing for the release of Non-Stop, the latest installment in a bizarre but awesome career renaissance that began with 2008’s Taken and has continued with films including The A-Team, Unknown and The Grey. At the age of 61, Neeson has succeeding in doing the reverse of what many actors struggle to do: he has made the transition from serious actor to action star. He is clearly having fun in the autumn of his career, and one cannot blame him when the results are as entertaining as Non-Stop, an energetic thriller elevated out of mediocrity by his presence.
- Lee Jutton
He rescued his daughter from human traffickers in Taken, took on a wolf with broken bottles taped to his knuckles in The Grey and now Liam Neeson is off to play an air marshal responsible for rescuing an airplane full of innocent people from an anonymous terrorist threatening to kill a passenger every 20 minutes. Is it the woman (Julianne Moore) next to him who makes a stink about having the window seat? Is it the other air marshal (Anson Mount) aboard? What about the hothead (Corey Stoll) in coach? Or perhaps have his own demons just caught up to him and warped his perspective? With the answer coming our way when Non-Stop hits theaters this weekend, Neeson and Moore took the time to sit down with the New York press contingent to discuss personal in-flight memories, close quarter fight techniques, what to expect if you decide to approach Neeson in »
- Perri Nemiroff
After three weeks of Lego dominance, first place will go to a new movie this weekend. Liam Neeson action flick Non-Stop has received the broader marketing push, though Son of God has been generating the type of presales that suggest it could be a breakout hit with underserved Christian moviegoers.At 3,090 locations, Non-Stop reteams Neeson with Unknown director Jaume Collet-Serra. Since Taken became a surprise hit in 2009, it feels like Neeson has been everywhere; however, the only movies since then that have been sold primarily on Neeson's appeal are Unknown and The Grey. Those opened to $21.9 million and $19.7 million, respectively, and distributor Universal is expecting a similar result for Non-Stop this weekend.There are reasons to think that Non-Stop could open a bit higher than those movies. Marketing has smartly highlighted the movie's intriguing, appealing set-up: can Neeson's beleaguered air marshall solve a whodunit before more airline passengers die? It »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
Neeson stopped by The Daily Show last night. Though the actor was there to talk about his new movie Non-Stop, his chat with Jon Stewart quickly turned to New York City mayor Bill De Blasio’s plan to shut down New York’s horse and carriage industry — a decision Neeson vocally opposes.
“They made the roads in New York,” Neeson explained. “He won’t even take a meeting with the horse carriage industry. He’s suppose to be representing the New York people, dammit!”
It was clear Stewart disagreed with Neeson’s position. »
- Erin Strecker
Non-Stop is the latest vehicle for Liam Neeson's renaissance as an action hero. Well the vehicle is actually a trans-Atlantic plane in the process of being hijacked. But don’t worry, undercover air Marshall Bill Marks is on-board and he’s played by Neeson. So everything will be fine right? Well, Bill Marks is a broken man put together with spit and wishes. He manages to straddle so many worn tropes - ex-cop, alcoholic, divorced - that it’s not so much noir as, oh noir'again mate.
But this being Neeson he makes the role work better than it deserves. Even when all his plans fail, all his ideas and fighting worthless, we have faith he'll come through, because it is Liam Neeson. Though it may be a foolish hope as we witness Marks throwing back whiskey minutes before boarding. Maybe they should have called this ‘Shakes on a »
This airplane thriller never threatens to make sense as Neeson carries it to a denouement worthy of a murderous Miss Marple
The last flight Neeson was on crash-landed in the Alaskan tundra, where his fellow passengers were picked off, one by one, by a pack of ravenous grey wolves. The year before that, in Unknown, Neeson landed at Berlin Tagel Airport for a biotechnology summit only to have someone steal his wife, his identity and all respect for German traffic codes. And before that we had Taken, in which Neeson had his daughter kidnapped at Charles de Gaulle Airport by Albanian slave traffickers. Neeson and foreigners don't mix. Neeson and airports don't mix. But Neeson and foreign airports is really asking for trouble. »
- Tom Shone
Long before Spider-Man got rebooted and any wolves got punched in The Grey, Sam Raimi and Liam Neeson collaborated on a superhero flick with a Gothic love story that was a hit with both audiences and critics.
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- KW Low
Tonight, as the plush velvet curtain draws to a close on the latest season of Downton Abbey, it’s worth taking a look ahead to what comes next for the Crawley clan. I’m not talking about whether Lady Mary will finally give the green light to one of her tweedy, stammering suitors. Or if Edith will be able to keep her secret, scarlet-letter shame under wraps in Switzerland amongst all the chocolate shops and cuckoo clocks. Or if the increasingly dim and blowhard-y Earl of Grantham will gamble away his wife’s fortune at the card table. I mean »
- Chris Nashawaty
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