Well, Son of God failed to ignite the religious base with the same fervor as something such as Mel Gibson‘s The Passion of the Christ, but considering it’s a film edited down from a television mini-series, which is to say it’s essentially the same as printing money, the $26.5 million it brought in for a second place finish this weekend is nothing to dismiss. In fact, it might not be done as it dipped only 2% from Friday to Saturday and it’s not quite clear just how well it might end up doing on Sunday. Fox also has to love that “A-” CinemaScore, but what else would you expect?
Taking #1, however, is the latest Liam Neeson actioner, Non-Stop, bringing in $30 million and an “A-” CinemaScore.
Non-Stop is the second highest opening for one of Neeson’s latest actioners, second only to Taken 2 ($49.5 million), but higher than The Grey ($19.6m), Unknown ($21.8m) and Taken ($24.7m) and given the “A-” CinemaScore, Fox may be smiling after Taken 2 wasn’t exactly received well, but this may rejuvenate the geriatric action fans as he preps for Taken 3. Yes, Bryan Mills is coming back, but as Neeson told the Jonathan Ross Show, his return was contingent on one thing, “[O]nly as long as nobody gets Taken!”
Meanwhile, we have our first film of 2013 to cross the $200 million mark as The Lego Movie added another $21 million and crossed $209 million domestically.
It’s amazing 18 films have accomplished this feat, but if you look at that list carefully what do you notice? Only three films listed are original, non-franchise features, Frozen along with Titanic and Avatar. Can Disney afford not to make another one?
In other Disney news, Hayao Miyazaki‘s The Wind Rises wasn’t able to muster up enough interest to crack the top ten, bringing in only $1.6 million.
[amz asin=”B0083XXWRE” size=”small”]And finally, the “Super-Sized R-rated Version” of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues managed $1.3 million from 1,317 theaters.
Coming up next weekend it will be a bit of a busy one with the sequel 300: Rise of an Empire smashing into theaters along with the animated film that hopes to pick up where Lego left off, Mr. Peabody & Sherman. It also sees the limited release of Wes Anderson‘s The Grand Budapest Hotel.