A new year, a new start. And a sequel reaping in some big bucks. Liam Neeson has a certain set of skills, and those skills involve being a ridiculously bankable action star for a man who happens to be close to retirement age. Taken 3 scored big over the North American weekend, raking in over $40 million. While that is down 18% from Taken 2’s opening of $49 million, it’s still a damn good amount for an early January release which is usually the toughest month to crack.
In fact, Taken 3 may have the second highest opening of January, just behind Ride Along. Here’s the rest of the weekend estimates from the US box office:
- Taken 3 – $40.4 Million
- Selma – $11.2 Million
- Into The Woods – $9.1 Million
- The Hobbit: Battle Of The Five Armies – $9.4 Million
- Unbroken – $8.3 Million
- The Imitation Game – $7.6 Million
- Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb – $6.7 Million
- Annie – $4.9 Million
- The Woman In Black 2 – $4.8 Million
- The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 – $3.7 Million
Top ten departures this week include The Gambler and Big Hero 6. Disney’s big summer tentpole flicked earned a ton of adoration worldwide, and even more cash. Even though it didn’t make Frozen levels of cash, Big Hero 6 still has a current worldwide haul of over $408 million so far off of a $165 million budget. Not bad for a movie starring an inflatable helper droid and co.
Last Updated: January 12, 2015