Box-office roundup – March 2, 2014 – Liam Neeson pilots “Non-Stop” to the top

Myles Aronowitz/Universal Studios U.S. Air Marshal Bill Marks (Liam Neeson) receives a series of cryptic text messages demanding that he instruct the airline to transfer $150 million into an off-shore account.
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U.S. Air Marshal Bill Marks (Liam Neeson) receives a series of cryptic text messages demanding that he instruct the airline to transfer $150 million into an off-shore account.

1. Non-Stop – $30 million [debut week] For the last four weeks, Liam Neeson has had a hand in the top movie at the box office. First, up was the previous champ “The LEGO Movie,” which he lent his vocal talents to and now his latest action movie puts him atop the charts on camera for the first time this year. While slightly down from the $49 million haul of “Taken 2,” this is yet another example of Neeson’s box office drawing power.

2. Son of God – $26.5 million [debut week] – The edited version of “The Bible” mini-series had a surprising opening week bringing in a much higher take than analysts predicted. It’s becoming a common trend. Box office prognosticators tend to underestimate the pull of Christian and black comedies/dramas and this was another example. While an unusual release time considering Easter isn’t that far on the horizon and would presumably attracted even larger crowds, this could remain a constant presence on the Top 10 through Easter weekend.

Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures LEGO® minifigures Batman (voiced by Will Arnett) and Wonder Woman (Cobie Smulders) in the 3D computer animated adventure "The LEGO® Movie."
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures
LEGO® minifigures Batman (voiced by Will Arnett) and Wonder Woman (Cobie Smulders) in the 3D computer animated adventure “The LEGO® Movie.”

3. The LEGO Movie – $21 million [4th week; $200 million in total] The year’s first blockbuster hit dropped a couple of spots as it finally faced some actual competition.

Don’t expect it to stray too far from the third spot and don’t be shocked if it pulls a “Frozen” and finds its way back atop the charts at some point in the next few weeks.

4. The Monuments Men – $5 million [4th week; $65.7 million] While it failed to generate much critic fanfare or overwhelming mainstream appeal, George Clooney’s war drama/comedy has quietly been a fixture in the Top 5 and is creeping close to raking in a domestic haul to make back its $70 million.

5. 3 Days to Kill – $4.9 million [2nd week; $20 million] Kevin Costner’s action drama dropped 60% in its second week so don’t expect this to return to the Top 5 next week.

3 thoughts on “Box-office roundup – March 2, 2014 – Liam Neeson pilots “Non-Stop” to the top”

  1. Jeff the only way I can see LEGO finding it’s way back to the top within the next few weeks is if the upcoming slate of movies is really weak. As big as ‘Frozen’s’ numbers we’re it would have never come close to pulling off a feat like that during the summer movie season where the competition is just too strong and too competitive. While I think the ‘300’ sequel should have a good shot at being No.1 next weekend, I don’t see it posting anywhere near the box office numbers of the original and it could fade away quickly if it doesn’t appeal to audiences enough. “Divergent” & “Noah” could post decent numbers but don’t look like blockbuster films to me. ‘The Muppets’ sequel and “Need For Speed” could be decent box office hits. Otherwise March doesn’t look like a month with any certifiable blockbuster hits on the horizon, that next guaranteed for sure blockbuster hit doesn’t appear like it will arrive until ‘The Winter Soldier’ hits theaters April 4th, but we’ll see.

  2. You also be assuming that “Non-Stop” and “Son Of God” will drop hard in coming weeks, I think you’re assuming a little too much my friend. I’m not saying all the films I mention will be box office smashes because that certainly won’t be the case. LEGO made 21 million this weekend, it’s not going to make 20 million next weekend, it’s strong but not that strong. Eventhough the sequel to “300” will not open to nearly as much as the original’s 70 million, i’ll assume it will open between 25-30 million, that will easy be more than enough money to be No. 1 next weekend. Eventhough LEGO has shown outstanding legs, the fact of the matter is that it’s numbers are dropping each weekend and will obviously continue to do so.

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