B.O. Roundup, February 28-March 2: Liam Neeson's 'Non-Stop' Kicks Ass

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B.O. Roundup, February 28-March 2: Liam Neeson's 'Non-Stop' Kicks Ass

After three weeks atop the box office heap, The Lego Movie has finally ceded first place at the domestic box office.

In its place is Liam Neeson's latest turn as a gun-toting harass, Non-Stop, followed in second by the Christian drama Son of God.

Neeson, who actually voices a big villain in The Lego Movie, has been on a roll as an action star since Taken in 2009.  For five years, he's been enjoying a late-career bloom as a grizzled badass.  As a federal marshal in the airborne hostage-situation thriller Non-Stop, he reunites with his Unknown director Jaume Collet-Serra.

The latest Neeson actioner opened big on Oscar weekend, bringing in an estimated $30.0 million from 3,090 locations in North America.  So Non-Stop debuted stronger than many of Neeson's recent efforts, from Taken to The Grey to Unknown.  Among the star's solo action movies, Non-Stop's opening is second only to Taken 2, which hauled in $49.5 million over its first weekend in 2012.

So Non-Stop managed to exceed expectations and take first place. 

But it did so despite a whole lot of unexpected pressure from Son of God.  The film, which stars Portuguese actor Diogo Morgado as Jesus of Nazareth, is in fact comprised pretty much exclusively of material from the ten-part History Channel miniseries The Bible.  Though Son of God is goosed with some footage not seen in the mini-series, it is mostly familiar to anyone who tuned in.

Still, Son of God very nearly knocked Neeson on his hindquarters, coming in a surprisingly close second.  The film earned an estimated $26.5 million from 3,260 theaters.  The predictions for Son of God's performance were all over the place, but many are attributing the film's success at least partially to the filmmaker's pursuit of mega-church members, who apparently turned out in big numbers.

Outside of the top three, rounded out by The Lego Movie, the seven other top movies in America and Canada were clustered in a $2 million range, with The Monuments Men grossing $5.0 million in fourth place and Ride Along earning $3.0 million in tenth place.

Check them all out for yourself:

1. Non-Stop............................................$30.0 million..............New Release

2. Son of God.........................................$26.5 million..............New Release

3. The Lego Movie.................................$21.0 million..............$209.3 million

4. The Monuments Men........................$5.0 million................$65.6 million

5. 3 Days to Kill.....................................$4.9 million................$20.7 million

6. RoboCop............................................$4.5 million................$51.2 million

7. Pompeii..............................................$4.3 million................$17.7 million

8. Frozen................................................$3.6 million................$388.7 million

9. About Last Night...............................$3.4 million................$43.7 million

10. Ride Along.......................................$3.0 million................$127.1 million

Next Friday brings two new major wide releases that couldn't be much more different, from the action of 300: Rise of an Empire to the animated hijinks of Mr. Peabody & Sherman.


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