Liam Neeson thriller Cold Pursuit makes $11m at US box office
Liam Neeson’s contemporary race row didn’t seem to have a large have an effect on on his new movie’s box office takings this weekend.
Cold Pursuit used to be the 3rd hottest movie in US and Canadian cinemas, making $10.8m (£eight.4m) between Friday and Sunday, in step with studio estimates.
The revenge drama’s opening weekend takings have been rather underneath the ones for his different contemporary motion thrillers.
The 66-year-old actor got here below hearth final week after admitting he as soon as sought after to kill a random black guy.
In an interview with The Independent, Neeson printed that he had roamed the streets a few years in the past hoping take out his anger on an blameless black particular person after finding out that any person just about him were raped by way of a black guy.
Director Spike Lee used to be amongst many to criticise the actor for his remarks, telling the BBC that he “didn’t know why he did it”.
“People have to understand history,” the US film-maker mentioned on The Andrew Marr Show on Sunday.
“Who knows how many innocent black men have been murdered, castrated, lynched or harmed, or spent time in jail, only because a white woman said that black man raped her.”
Cold Pursuit, through which Neeson performs a snowplough motive force who takes revenge towards the drug sellers he blames for his son’s loss of life, opens in the United Kingdom on 22 February.
The movie is a remake of 2014 Norwegian movie Kraftidioten (Prize Idiot), which used to be launched in the United Kingdom as In Order of Disappearance.
Neeson’s largest contemporary box office successes had been the Taken motion pictures – however in the previous few years, his different motion thrillers have had opening weekends round $11m-$14m.
North American opening weekend takings for Neeson’s newest motion thrillers:
- Widows (2018) – $12.3m
- The Commuter (2018) – $13.7m
- Run All Night (2015) – $11m
- Taken three (2015) – $39.2m
- A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014) – $12.8m
The Lego Movie 2 used to be the full winner at the US box office this weekend, making an estimated $34.4m (£26.6m) in its first 3 days in cinemas.
Yet that used to be smartly underneath expectancies for a movie whose 2014 predecessor made $69m (£53.4m) when it opened within the US and Canada.
What Men Want, a gender-swapped remake of 2000 movie What Women Want, starring Taraji P Henson, got here 2nd within the weekend’s box office chart with an estimated $19m (£14.7m).