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.
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.