Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: March 2nd, 2014

March 2 Box Office - Non Stop

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 Morgado Sebastian Knapp

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 as Alex Murphy in 'RoboCop'

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.


[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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