Taken 3 Takes Number One at the Box Office

Posted by at 12:26 pm on January 11, 2015

TAKEN 2

Audiences came out en masse to watch Liam Neeson apply his particular set of skills on some baddies for the third (and maybe final) time in Taken 3, which grossed an estimated $40.4 million to top the box office. As it stands, that is slightly behind the monthly record, which currently belongs to 2014’s Ride Along ($41.5 million). Even though its debut is around $9 million less than Taken 2, few expected the second sequel to debut so high. Without a European locale and good reviews, and due to poor response from its predecessor, Taken 3‘s opening packed more of a punch than expected. With NFL playoff games drawing much attention on Saturday and Sunday, it is impressive that the film increased on Saturday and is set to drop only 35% on Sunday.

Taken 3‘s B+ CinemaScore is decent, especially given the chilly critical reception. Despite the powerful opening, American Sniper‘s wide release next week could spell problems for Liam Neeson. Still, even with weak legs, a total over $100 million is expected.
Finishing in second with a respectable but far from rousing finish was Oscar contender Selma. The $20 million drama set 50 years ago and a cast of unknowns debuted to $11.2 million in wide release. However, given the excellent reviews and strong word-of-mouth from a limited release beginning on Christmas Day, the historical film was expected to take in more from its expansion. It was less than half the opening weekend of The Butler ($24.6 million), although that film had a more prominent cast and less competition for adults. (Oprah Winfrey appears in both films, but is mostly absent from Selma‘s ads.)

Wide Box Office

# Title weekend Locations Avg. Total Wks. Dist.
1 Taken 3 $40,400,000 3,594 $11,241 $40,400,000 1 Fox
2 Selma $11,200,000 1669% 2,179 2157 $5,140 $13,486,949 3 Paramount
3 Into the Woods $9,750,000 -48% 2,833 295 $3,442 $105,271,929 3 Disney
4 The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies $9,435,000 -57% 3,402 -473 $2,773 $236,517,487 4 Warner Bros. / New Line
5 Unbroken $8,368,000 -54% 3,301 111 $2,535 $101,602,270 3 Universal
6 The Imitation Game $7,624,000 -2% 1,566 812 $4,868 $40,840,439 7 Weinstein Company
7 Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb $6,700,000 -54% 3,371 -431 $1,988 $99,523,488 4 Fox
8 Annie (2014) $4,919,000 -56% 2,856 -310 $1,722 $79,437,050 4 Sony / Columbia
9 The Woman In Black 2: Angel of Death $4,825,000 -68% 2,602 0 $1,854 $22,334,105 2 Relativity Media
10 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 $3,750,000 -50% 2,063 -442 $1,818 $329,524,553 8 Lionsgate
11 Wild (2014) $2,700,000 -41% 1,286 -75 $2,100 $30,338,942 6 Fox Searchlight
12 The Gambler $2,350,000 -63% 2,121 -373 $1,108 $32,307,314 3 Paramount
13 Big Hero 6 $2,243,000 -53% 1,580 -333 $1,420 $214,458,958 10 Disney
14 Big Eyes $1,300,000 -50% 1,044 -364 $1,245 $12,261,682 3 Weinstein Company
15 Penguins of Madagascar $1,200,000 -59% 1,057 -528 $1,135 $79,877,626 7 Fox / DreamWorks Animation
16 Exodus: Gods and Kings $1,100,000 -71% 1,142 -1118 $963 $63,652,105 5 Fox

Source: Box Office

Leave a Reply

Sign Up For Our Newsletter

Sign up to receive breaking news
as well as receive other site updates

Enter your Email


Preview | Powered by FeedBlitz

Log in

Copyright © 2008 - 2020 · StreetCorner Media , LLC· All Rights Reserved ·