The Taken franchise ended with a bang this weekend, as the third film opened in first place with a better than expected $40.4 million. That’s good enough for the second best January opening ever.
It should be noted “Taken 3” was off 18 percent from Taken 2’s $49 million start in 2012. However, considering how poorly that movie was received by basically everyone, “Taken 3” was a huge comeback for the series. I guess this proves once and for all, people will see Liam Neeson do the same thing over and over.
The film did very well overseas, scoring an additional $51 million. Not bad for a movie that only cost $48 million to produce At home, Fox is reporting that the audience was 54 percent male and 65 percent over the age of 25. The movie received a “B+” CinemaScore, which is identical to “Taken 2.”
Come on uncle Liam, this is your James Bond, you know you’ll do another one.
“Selma” expanded to nearly 2,200 locations, but the drama finished in a distant second place with an estimated $11.2 million. On the bright side, “Selma” has fantastic reviews (99 percent on Rotten Tomatoes),and great word-of-mouth (“A+” CinemaScore).
Plus keep in mind this movie isn’t aimed at an audience that will rush out on opening weekend. And as I mentioned Friday, “Selma” could get a huge boost from any Oscar nominations.3
Your top five robots in disguise this weekend:
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