‘Taken 3’ Tops Weekend Box Office With $40 Million

By Christine Torralba | 3 years ago
‘Taken 3’ Tops Weekend Box Office With $40 Million
PHOTOGRAPH: Wikimedia Commons/Georges Biard | Liam Neeson at the Deauville Film festival, 7 September 2012.

Liam Neeson’s character in the “Taken” trilogy is one of the most successful the actor has ever done. In fact, it is one movie that truly showcases his acting ability as well as his “particular set of skills.” With the success of the first two movies, it’s no surprise why “Taken 3” has also reached immeasurable heights now that it closes the series.

Earlier predictions about the film “Taken 3” believed that it would have a similar opening just like the first movie. But just this weekend, the movie proved forecasts wrong as it went beyond the expectations of movie experts. On its opening week, the movie brought in an estimated $40.4 million. The previous “Taken” movie brought in $24.7 million on its opening weekend, while “Taken 2” brought in $49.5 million.

With the recent movie options lacking a good old-fashioned action sequence, “Taken 3” was a much-welcomed change. And if anything, the movie reaffirms Neeson’s amazing talent in movies of the same genre. Considering the fact that he starred in the other “Taken” films, Neeson proves that he is a master at playing a suave action hero. His other action film from last year, “Non-Stop,” drew in $222.8 million worldwide. Isn’t that proof enough?

Compared to “Taken 3,” none of the other weekend films were able to reach a third of the earnings that the movie obtained. Next to “Taken 3” was “Selma,” which earned $11.2 million and was expanded to more than 2,000 locations.

The top five on the box office this weekend is composed of the following:

  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

With “Blackhat,” “The Wedding Ringer,” and “Paddington” opening in a few days’ time, “Taken 3” may just be in for a challenge. But if our guess proves right, the real challenge “Taken 3” will be facing will be the Clint Eastwood film “American Sniper.”

Will “American Sniper” be able to surpass the amount that “Taken 3” earned on its opening weekend alone?

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Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons/Georges Biard

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