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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
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- Brad Brevet
Just as Liam Neeson has become an unlikely action hero through films like "Non-Stop," it appears that Ralph Fiennes has been born anew as a comedic genius, all thanks to Wes Anderson. Fiennes' funny-man chops are on full display in Anderson's new film, "The Grand Budapest Hotel," or so the reviews indicate. His work as hotelier Gustave H. has earned high praise from the critics, as has Anderson's humorous but heartfelt vision of a fictional ...
By Josh Wigler »
Warner Bros.-Legendary Pictures’ swords-and-sandals epic “300: Rise of an Empire,” tracking in the low-$40 millions, and Fox-DreamWorks Animation’s “Mr. Peabody & Sherman,” which should gross somewhere in the $30 millions, will keep the overall box office healthy, though likely not muscular enough to compete with this time last year, when “Oz the Great and Powerful” scored a robust $79 million opening.
By mid-afternoon Thursday, “300″ continued to hold onto a notable edge over “Peabody,” based on the 1960s TV kids series. Though “Peabody” should appeal to tots, it’s not clear how many non-parents the toon will attract since the demographic that most recalls the series is mostly over 40.
Fox Searchlight gives Wes Anderson his first springtime release in many years with “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” since the director’s feature debut “Bottle Rocket” bowed around this time nearly two decades ago.
“Budapest Hotel,” which just premiered at the Berlin Film Festival garnering solid reviews, »
- Andrew Stewart
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
“60 Minutes” has brought CBS News veteran Bill Whitaker aboard as a correspondent, executive producer and CBS News chairman Jeff Fager said Thursday. Whitaker, who is moving from Los Angeles to the New York area for the new assignment, will begin his “60 Minutes” tenure in the fall. See video: Liam Neeson on '60 Minutes': Why The ‘Non-Stop’ Star Makes All Those Action Movies (Video) Whitaker, who was posted to Los Angeles in 1992, received an Emmy for his coverage of the collapse of Jim and Tammy Bakker's television ministry. He has reported regularly for “CBS Evening News” and other CBS News broadcasts. »
- Tim Kenneally
Moviegoers can take two very different history trips — “300: Rise of an Empire” and the animated “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” — at the box office this weekend. Most will go with the ancient Greek warriors over the time-traveling cartoon dog and his young master, say the analysts. Warner Bros.’ and Legendary Pictures’ sequel to their breakout 2007 hit “300″ will take the top spot with an opening of around $40 million and DreamWorks’ “Peabody” should debut with north of $25 million, they project. That would knock Universal's Liam Neeson thriller “Non-Stop” out of the top spot and beat last »
- Todd Cunningham
Stars: Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore, Michelle Dockery, Lupita Nyong’o, Scoot McNairy, Anson Mount, Corey Stoll, Linus Roache | Written by John W. Richardson, Chris Roach | Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra
From Jaume Collet-Serra (Unknown) comes Non-Stop, a new action thriller starring Liam Neeson as Bill Marks, a burned-out veteran of the Air Marshals service who views his assignments not as a life-saving duty, but as a desk job in the sky. However, today’s flight will be no routine trip – shortly into the transatlantic journey from New York to London, he receives a series of mysterious text messages ordering him to have the government transfer $150 million into a secret account, or a passenger will die every 20 minutes…
Given Liam Neeson’s current status as action-star extraordinaire, it’s not to hard to determine just what to expect from Non-Stop: plenty of action, Liam Neeson waxing lyrical about the situation and »
- Phil Wheat
There are some actors who define the action genre. Actors whose steely gaze can make villains tremble; who could blow up a tank with a single flex of their bicep. And then there are the other types: those who came out of nowhere – those who you would sooner expect in a teen comedy or a cheesy romance than a rip-roaring, explosion-packed extravaganza.
So remember that Tom Hardy forged himself into a human wrecking ball for Warrior and The Dark Knight Rises, but before that he was a skinny beanpole who wouldn’t have a chance against Alfred in a street fight (let alone Batman). Before Jason Statham turned himself into a rinse-and-repeat action megastar, he was a diver and a model.. and although he was entertaining in Lock, Stock, he wasn’t exactly the picture of an action hero.
So here is a tribute to the latter. Here »
- Mike Revell
China is at it again, this time propelling RoboCop back to the top thanks to a fantastic $20.7 million opening over the weekend. The Lego Movie was 2nd while Non-Stop shows Liam Neeson’s box office prowess in 3rd. RoboCop did $30 million over the weekend, for what is now $136 million internationally and counting. Worldwide […]
Read International Box Office: RoboCop is Back on Top, Thanks to Big China Debut on Filmonic.
UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 28th February - Sunday 2nd March 2014....
The Lego Movie has made it three weeks in a row at the top of the UK box office, holding on to first place with a third-weekend haul of £3.27 million, giving the animated smash hit a healthy £26.7 million to date.
Second and third place are occupied by two new releases - the only two newcomers to crack the top ten this week - with the Liam Neeson action thriller Non-Stop opening with £2,652,364 in second, followed by the Kevin Hart / Ice Cub action comedy Ride Along in third with £1,420,992.
Check out the top ten in full here...
Number one this time last year: Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters
1. The Lego Movie, £3,226,594 weekend; £26,671,764 total (3 weeks)
2. Non-Stop, £2,652,364 weekend (New)
3. Ride Along, £1,420,992 weekend (New)
4. The Book Thief, £1,370,649 weekend; £1,430,684 total (2 weeks)
5. Mr Peabody & Sherman, £795,797 weekend; £11,628,241 total »
- Gary Collinson
★★★☆☆Action movies are typically a young man's genre but an older man's game. The real tough cookies have been thickened by years of experience, driven to solitude by guilt, and are embittered by the system they have operated in for too long. At the age of 61, Liam Neeson continues to rebrand himself as a sort of latter-day Charles Bronson with Non-Stop (2014), a deliriously silly doomed-airline thriller that's all the right kinds of ridiculous. The latest in the new wave of Neesploitation films, he teams up again with Juame Collet-Serra, director of 2011 thriller Unknown, for more quasi-Hitchcockian second-guessing and shadow chasing.
- CineVue UK
The Liam Neeson action flick Non-Stop had a strong enough start to take the weekend while Son of God was a close 2nd, pushing The Lego Movie to 3rd. Non-Stop ended up on the higher end of expectations (although it was initially estimated at $30 million on Sunday) with an opening of $28.8 million. That’s […]
As expected, Cate Blanchett and Matthew McConaughey took home Oscars in the lead acting categories on Sunday, while Jared Leto and Lupita Nyong'o were honored by the Academy for supporting roles. So when will we see them again? Nyong'o, who played tormented slave Patsey in Best Picture winner “12 Years a Slave,” is already back on the big screen with a small role as a flight attendant in Liam Neeson thriller “Non-Stop.” Her future appears to be bright, but is a out of focus at the moment, since she isn't officially attached to any other projects. At least those who »
- Greg Gilman
The plot centers on a criminal (Vince Vaughn) who designs and plans heists that he sells to the highest bidder. A contract is put out on his life after a job goes awry, leading him to take out a $1 million life insurance policy, with his estranged daughter (Hailee Steinfeld) listed as the sole benefactor. When he learns that it takes 21 days for the policy to kick in, this father goes on the run with his daughter, as they both try to stay alive for at least the next three weeks.
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
Welcome to the latest episode of our official podcast, The Film Stage Show. This week, associate editor Nick Newman, writer Danny King and I are joined by colleague Ty Landis as we revisit the life and work of director Alain Resnais before discussing Liam Neeson’s newest thriller Non-Stop. Following that, we take a look at the films coming to theaters and home [...] »
- Brian Roan
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. (- »
Airplane action thriller takes $30m and the No 1 slot, while Diogo Morgado as Jesus doesn't quite turn water into box-office wine
• More Us box office analysis here
Non-Stop leads independent surge
It's always good to see the independents rule the box-office charts, so hats off to StudioCanal. The company fully financed the action thriller Non-Stop, starring Liam Neeson, and the big guy did not disappoint, scoring an estimated $30m (£18m) No 1 debut through domestic distributor Universal, which as you will by now have gathered did not produce this but acted as a distributor for a fee. The debut was even bigger than Jesus. See below.
Son of God opens in second place
There will always be a big market for Christian-themed movies in the Us and so it was little surprise to see Lightworkers Media's Son of God score a solid, if unspectacular, No 2 launch on $26.5m through Fox. »
- Jeremy Kay
News Simon Brew 4 Mar 2014 - 07:05
Last week, producer Joel Silver - on the promotional trail for new Liam Neeson movie Non-Stop - had a few words to say about the version of Watchmen that he was working on. Silver had hired Terry Gilliam to direct the film, and he told Coming Soon that his take "was a much, much better movie", accusing eventual Watchmen director Zack Snyder of being "too much of a slave to the material".
Furthermore, Silver outlined how he and Terry Gilliam were planning to end the movie. The exact quote? "Instead of the whole notion of the intergalactic thing, which was too hard and too silly, what he did was maintain that the existence of Doctor Manhattan had changed the whole balance of the world economy, »
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