Is Liam Neeson now like “the” action star of our times? Audiences might say yes as The Grey ripped it’s way to the top spot like a hungry wolf. The film took in $20 million over the weekend which is rather impressive. With films like Taken and Unknown doing very well, one can say that Liam Neeson is locking down the lead action role pretty well these days. The Grey is gaining a lot of good word of mouth and will see if the film can stick around a while before more big time movies come along.
Kate Beckinsale in leather is just as much of an attraction as Liam Neeson, the film in its second week of release brought in a juicy $12 million. Now mind you the 3D screenings add a little but of a boost. The new Katherine Heigl movie which is being destroyed by critics managed a third place showing with over $11 million.
The big surprise for me is Red Tails which in its second week is still sticking around. It made around $10 million over the weekend. The movie I found to be pretty bad, yet word of mouth might be strong for it. I mean it is an old school movie so maybe people who want to remember the good old days are coming out to see it.
Man on a Ledge I think didn’t advertise itself the right way(Giving most of its plot away in trailers) as it couldn’t step out over fourth place. It struggled to muster up $8 million. That surprises me with the cast and it’s fun plot, maybe audience felt like they knew everything before going inside.
The rest of the list is pretty basic, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close is doing well as it keeps expanding, same goes for The Descendants as it expands into more theaters nation wide. I wish they would do this for The Artist. To me I really do believe people around the country want to see these movies, not just in the big cities. Here is the light…
1. The Grey $20 million
2. Underworld: Awakening $12.5 million
3. One for the Money $11.8 million
4. Red Tails $10.4 million
5. Man on a Ledge $8.3 million
6. Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close $7.1 million
7. The Descendants $6.5 million
8. Contraband $6.5 million
9. Beauty and the Beast 3D $5.3 million
10. Haywire $4 million