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411 Box Office Report: Non-Stop Soars to Top Spot
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 03.02.2014

After three weeks, The LEGO Movie has finally been dethroned at the box office...though it took the bad-assery of Liam Neeson to do it. Neeson's airplane-set action-thriller Non-Stop scored an impressive $30 million to claim the #1 spot. The film performed somewhat better than the mid-twenties that Universal was going for and averaged $9,715 from 3,090 theaters. The film is likely to have some solid legs too, considering the A- CinemaScore that the film has received from viewers. Outside of the Taken franchise, it's the highest-grossing film with Neeson in the lead role since 1999's The Haunting. The film had a production budget of $50 million, which should be a piece of cake to make back.

Coming in at #2 was Son of God, the feature film cut of the TV miniseries The Bible centered around the life of Jesus. The film was way over studio expectations, bringing in $26.5 million. Fox was expecting in the mid-teens, making this a huge win. The film also scored an A- CinemaScore and averaged $8,129 from 3,260 theaters. It is the highest overtly faith-based film opening since Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ brought in $83.8 million in 2004. The film is going to be incredibly profitable, as most of the costs were already absorbed into the miniseries production and it mostly just needs to make back marketing expenses.

While The LEGO Movie was down two in its fourth week, it still held on strong. The animated film brought in $21 million, down just 33% from the week before. The movie is the first of 2014 to cross $200 domestically, standing at $209.3 million stateside and $301.8 million worldwide thus far off of a $60 million budget.

George Clooney's The Monuments Men was actually up a spot this week, finishing at #4 in its fourth weekend with $5 million. The war drama has now grossed $65.7 million domestically and $104.6 million worldwide from a budget of $70 million.

Kevin Costner's 3 Days to Kill took a hit in its second weekend, down 60% to $4.9 million for a #5 placing. The film had a higher-than-average drop, which can be attributed to the success of Non-Stop in drawing potential viewers away. The action-thriller has now grossed $20.7 million from a $28 million budget.

Robocop slipped two places in its third weekend to #6, bringing in $4.5 million. The action remake is absolutely set to be a success at this point, with $51.2 million grossed domestically and $187.2 million worldwide on a budget of $100 million.

Pompeii fell four places in its second weekend, dropping to #7 with $4.3 million. The Paul W.S. Anderson disaster epic had a higher-than-average 58% drop for disaster flicks. Thus far in two weeks it has brought in $17.7 million domestically and $65.4 million worldwide from a $100 million budget that it won't be able to make back.

Frozen hung in there yet again, spending its third straight weekend at #8. The Disney animated film added $3.6 million, bringing its total to $388.7 million domestically and $1 billion worldwide.

About Last Night slipped three places to #9 in its third weekend with $3.4 million. The ensemble romantic comedy remake has brought in $43.8 million from a budget of just $12.5 million.

Ride Along fell three places as well, finishing at #10 with $3.1 million. The Kevin Hart/Ice Cube buddy comedy has grossed a total of $127.2 domestically and $137.2 million worldwide from a $25 million budget.

The weekend box office tally was $123.8 million, up 13% from last year's three-day take of $109.6 million that was led by Jack the Giant Slayer's $27.2 million opening weekend.

Note: Numbers include Sunday estimates and are three-day estimates. A studio recoups 55% of a film's grosses on average, meaning it needs to approximately double its budget to be profitable during its theatrical run.

BOX OFFICE TOP TEN (Three-Day Numbers)
1. Non-Stop - $30 million ($30 million total)
2. Son of God - $26.5 million ($26.5 million total)
3. The LEGO Movie - $21 million ($209.3 million total)
4. The Monuments Men - $5 million ($65.7 million total)
5. 3 Days to Kill - $4.9 million ($20.7 million total)
6. Robocop - $4.5 million ($51.2 million total)
7. Pompeii - $4.3 million ($17.7 million total)
8. Frozen - $3.6 million ($388.7 million total)
9. About Last Night - $3.4 million ($43.8 million total)
10. Ride Along - $3.1 million ($127.2 million total)


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