Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: March 2nd, 2014

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March 2 Box Office Non Stop Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: March 2nd, 2014

Liam Neeson once again reigns supreme at the box office as part of a very strong top 3.

The number 1 film this weekend is, as expected, Non-Stop (read our review) with $30 million. That’s the best opening weekend this side of Taken 2 ($49 million) out of Neeson’s more recent releases.

Although it might have seemed like audiences weren’t as keen on the Taken 2 star after said film failed to pass its predecessor’s total gross, the 61-year-old star has shown he can still open a film, even a mostly generic one. And with The Nut Job, LEGO Movie, and now this having done well at the box office – not to mention the potential success of A Million Ways to Die in the West – it might be fair to call 2014 the year of Liam Neeson

Son of God comes in at number 2 with $26 million, well above what most analysts projected for the biblical film. While Son of God‘s debut is nowhere close to the likes of Passion of the Christ‘s ($83 million), it’s still an impressive showing nonetheless. And considering the film is a re-cut segment from The History Channel’s The Bible miniseries, that total should be mostly profit.

Son of God Diogo Morado Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: March 2nd, 2014

After three weeks at the top spot, The LEGO Movie drops to the number 3 spot this weekend with $21 million. Now at $209 million, The LEGO Movie is the first member of the $200 million club for 2014 and has more than earned a follow-up. Unfortunately, as we have now learned, that film is a full three years away.

In at number 4 is The Monuments Men with $5 million. George Clooney’s latest directorial effort has been holding well since release, and with $65 million after 4 weeks, the film should surpass its $70 million budget based on domestic receipts alone. Not to mention, Monument’s Men is the number 3 highest grossing film for 2014 so far.

Rounding out the top 5 is 3 Days to Kill with $4.9 million, which brings its domestic total up to $20 million. A huge drop-off in its second weekend hurt any momentum this Kevin Costner action flick might have generated, but it should make its $28 million budget after all is said and done.

The number 6 film this weekend is Robocop (2014) with $4.5 million. While $51 million after two weeks isn’t bad, it’s a far cry from the film’s reported $100 million production budget. That being said, the film has earned an impressive $187 million worldwide, which could keep any potential sequel alive.

Joel Kinnaman RoboCop 2014 Alex Murphy Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: March 2nd, 2014

Coming in at number 7 is Pompeii with $4.3 million. With only a measly $17 million earned off a $100 million budget, Pompeii looks to be another major flop for 2014. However, a continued strong showing from international markets, where the film has tallied $47 million thus far, might save Paul W.S. Anderson yet again.

Frozen holds steady at number 8 with $3.6 million, bringing its domestic total up to $388 million. Disney Animation’s latest is one of tonight’s sure Oscar bets, a clear favorite to win both Best Animated Feature and Best Song. Frozen has also become the latest release – and the second animated film – to join the $1 billion club.

In at number 9 is About Last Night with $3.4 million, which brings its domestic total up to $43 million. While the ’80s remake has been in steady decline since its solid debut over Valentine’s Day weekend, it has more than tripled its $12.5 million budget.

Rounding out the top 10 is Ride Along with $3 million. The Ice Cube and Kevin Hart comedy is now up to $127 million after a strong 7 weeks in the top 10.

Outside the top 10: the R-rated extended cut of Anchorman 2 made $1.3 million during its limited, one-week run. Combined with the original version’s gross that brings Anchorman 2 up to $126 million total.

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[NOTE: These are only weekend box office estimates - based on Friday and Saturday ticket sales coupled with adjusted expectations for Sunday. Official weekend box office results will be released on Monday, March 3rd - at which time we'll update this post with any changes.]

Source: Box Office Mojo

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TAGS: 3 days to kill, about last night, anchorman 2, box office, frozen, lego movie, Non-Stop, pompeii, ride along, robocop, Son of God, The Monuments Men

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  1. Not surprised Son Of God opened so high, especially in light of it being a re-cut TV show. I knew it would do well when I mentioned last year that the US is deeply ingrained in religion in some way or another, especially in certain parts of the country (before I was derided by an annoying pest who decided to start an argument and accuse me of saying things I’d never typed).

    It’d be like expecting a Bible movie to fail in South American countries where Catholicism is part of their makeup, just not gonna happen.

    I wonder if that gives studios higher hopes for Noah and that Christian Bale movie later in the year to succeed at the US box office? Maybe we’ll see more Biblical epics emerging in future if they do indeed become a success. There’s a wealth of material there, after all.

    I’m kinda happy for Liam Neeson and Michelle Dockery, especially with Non-Stop being her first major motion picture role. Generic looking movie with a seemingly obvious ending (according to the spoiler discussion and a review I saw Friday that said movies like Red Eye and Flight Plan did this kind of thing much better) but no surprise it did well when it’s up against religion and a movie that’s been out for almost a month now.

  2. Crazy, a detailed comment about this week’s movies hasn’t appeared after spending a couple of minutes at least on it.

    *gives up*

  3. Great to see Liam Neeson enjoying a prolific period in his career so late on.

    He is a commanding actor who always elevates whatever movie he stars in. He deserves all the success he is achieving right now.

    • At 61, Mr.Neeson still kick a$$.
      Go Liam !!

  4. I think it is a major stretch to call 2014 the year of Liam Neeson. The Nut Job and Lego Movie are animated features with ensemble casts, neither of which was really headlined by Liam Neeson. Non-stop is definately a Liam Neeson movie, but it isn’t really setting the world on fire with middling reviews and a good, but not great opening weekend. A million days to die in the west is really a Seth Mcfarlene movie.

  5. why do they keep letting anderson make films when all his films either flop or don’t make back enough cash to warrant sequels ?!?!?! is there some math formula that i’m not aware of that lets that idiot continue making horrible movies ?

  6. with the lego movie making over 209 million and counting, some major summer tent pole
    movie is certainly not going to see these numbers. hmmm who might that big disappointment
    be? stay tuned….

  7. With lego making over 209 million and counting. Some major studio summer tentpole may not
    See these numbers and hmm who might that be? Stay tuned…

  8. So Mr.Neeson is bigger than Jesus ?
    Great ZEUS !
    ( in terms of Box office only of course )