'Non-Stop' and 'Son of God' Rule Box Office, End 'Lego Movie' Reign
After multiple weeks atop box office, Warner Bros.' "The Lego Movie" finally bows down to Universal's action thriller "Non-Stop" and Fox's biblical drama "Son of God". The two movies arrive at the first and second spots respectively, knocking the animated film off the throne to occupy the third place.
"Non-Stop", the movie about plane hijacking, opens in North America with a solid $30 million debut, showing that Liam Neeson hasn't lost his charm even at 61. The audience consists of 51% female and 65% over the age of 25. It becomes his second best opening after "Taken 2" which started with $49.5 million in 2012.
"I think the fact that audiences were ready for a suspense thriller has a lot to do with the film's success, and obviously Liam is an absolute box office draw," said Nikki Rocco, head of distribution for Universal. "One of the main reasons people were coming to see the film was Liam."
"Son of God" follows with approximately $26.5 million. It's a big-screen version of History's miniseries "The Bible" with the exclusion of controversial scenes featuring Satan who was played by Obama look-alike, Mohamen Mehdi Ouazanni. Both this week's No 1 and No. 2 movies get A- grades from CinemaScore.
"The Lego Movie" adds an estimated $21 million this weekend. The family-oriented film has now passed the $200 million mark domestically and the $300 million mark worldwide, marking the biggest release so far this year. George Clooney's "The Monuments Men" settles one spot lower with approximately $5 million, and Kevin Costner's actioner "3 Days to Kill" rounds up the top 5 with an estimated $4.9 million.
"RoboCop" falls from the third place to the sixth position with around $4.5 million in its second weekend. Unlike the lukewarm performance in the United States, the remake starring Joel Kinnaman fares far better overseas. It collects $30 million internationally for a total $136 million. Stateside, it has earned $51.2 million for a worldwide gross of $187.2 million.
- "Non-Stop" - $30 million
- "Son of God" - 26.5 million
- "The Lego Movie" - $21 million
- "The Monuments Men" - $5 million
- "3 Days to Kill" - $4.9 million
- "RoboCop" - $4.5 million
- "Pompeii" - $4.3 million
- "Frozen (2013)" - $3.6 million
- "About Last Night" - $3.4 million
- "Ride Along" - $3.1 million
- Taylor Kinney Gives Lady GaGa 'Ultimatum' as She's Still Undecided About Wedding Details
- Kim Kardashian Steals the Show at Scott Disick's Birthday Party With Her Barely-There Lace Dress
- Proud Papa Chris Brown Shares Cute Pictures of Royalty to Celebrate Her Birthday
- Amanda Holden Poses Naked for Charity. See the Racy Pic!
- Bruno Mars Is Readying a New Album for November
- Mariah Carey's Diva Antics: She Has Her Glam Team Work on Her While She Sleeps
- Kim Kardashian Kicks Kanye West Out of Their Bel Air House. Why?
- Watch Andrew Lincoln and Norman Reedus Envision Lighter 'Walking Dead' in NBC's Red Nose Day Special