Box Office: ‘Taken 3’ Opens at No. 1 With $40.4 Million
Liam Neeson is King of the Box Office once again.
Taken 3 has opened at No. 1 with an impressive $40.4 million, making it the second-best January opening of all time, just behind last year’s Ride Along, which earned $41.5 million.
The success for Taken 3 wasn’t contained simply to North America either, as the film actually grossed more overseas. The movie raked in $41 million from 36 markets for an international gross of $52.3 million, and a worldwide total of $92.7 million. These earnings represent nearly double the film’s budget, which was $48 million.
The No. 2 spot was held by a film that is gaining loads of awards traction, and strong word-of-mouth.
Expanding to a nationwide release this week, following its limited, awards-qualifying Christmas run, civil rights drama Selma came in at No. 2 with $11.2 million for the weekend, and an early total of $13.5 million in North America overall. This was enough to keep the film ahead of two other audience favorites: Into the Woods came in at No. 3 with $9.8 million, while Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies dropped to No. 4 with $9.4 million. However, the epic has nothing to feel down about, considering it has grossed more than $700 million worldwide as of this weekend.
Rounding out the Top 5 is Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken, which grossed $8.4 million to bring its North American gross to $101.6 million. Although the movie didn’t get recognition from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for Golden Globes consideration, many pundits are still predicting the film to make the cut when Academy Award nominations are announced live on Thursday morning. Another such film expected to have its name called is No. 6 on this weekend’s chart, as The Imitation Game earned $7.6 million to brings its North American total to a rousing $40.7 million.
But how did other films do at the weekend box office? Check out the full Top 10 below:
TOP 10 AT THE WEEKEND BOX OFFICE – 01/11/2015
1. Taken 3 ($40.4 million)
2. Selma ($11.2 million)
3. Into the Woods ($9.8 million)
4. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies ($9.4 million)
5. Unbroken ($8.4 million)
6. The Imitation Game ($7.6 million)
7. Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb ($6.7 million)
8. Annie ($4.9 million)
9. The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death ($4.8 million)
10. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 ($3.8 million)