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Jesus vs. Liam Neeson: A Box Office Showdown

By John Hamann

March 2, 2014

This is not footage from Non-Stop. Neeson isn't allowed to fly commercial now.

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Sixth is Robocop, the missed opportunity from Sony. Now in its third weekend, Robocop fell 54% to only $4.5 million this weekend, which follows a drop of 55% last weekend. Sony is lucky that this one is performing well away from North America, as the $100 million production has pulled just that overseas. Unfortunately, it’s going to need at least another $100 million if it the studio wants to pull a profit, and that certainly isn’t happening stateside. So far, the domestic take for Robocop is $51.2 million.

Seventh goes to the laughable Pompeii, which debuted last weekend to $10.3 million, or about $10 million more than what it deserved. In its second weekend, the Paul W.S. Anderson release took in only $4.3 million, giving it a drop of 58%. It did get a decent start overseas, earning more than $20 million, but this one cost $100 million just to bring it to the screen, so it has a lot of worldwide work to do before it comes close to finding a profit.

Eighth is Frozen, our only Oscar nominated release in the top 10. Frozen earned another $3.6 million, dropping a still small 18% compared to last weekend. The Disney release has also now crossed the billion dollar mark worldwide, with a tally of $611 million overseas. Domestically, Frozen has earned an astounding $388.7 million.

About Last Night is ninth this weekend, and is the perfect case of how the mighty fall. After an opening Valentine’s Day Friday take of $12.9 million, About Last Night hasn’t had a weekend total even close to that amount. After a second weekend of $7.5 million, the Screen Gems release continues to fall, pulling in only $3.4 million this weekend. The good news is that this one cost only $12.5 million to make, so a gross so far of $48.3 million has exceeded the 3x multiplier a film needs to see a profit.


Ride Along is in tenth place in its seventh weekend. The Universal release earned another $3.1 million, good for a drop of 34%. The $25 million comedy has now pulled in $127.2 million from the domestic box office.

In other box office news, Paramount re-released Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues this weekend, to mixed results. Despite re-cutting it with hundreds of new jokes, audiences weren’t buying it. The film earned $1.3 million this weekend from 1,317 theaters. Finally, The Wind Rises, from Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki, earned $1.6 million from only 496 venues.

Overall this weekend, thanks to a strong top three, the box office was able to overtake last year’s totals. A year ago, Jack the Giant Slayer was on top, leading the top 12 to $92.8 million. This year, the top 12 earned a much better $xxx.xx million. Next weekend could be big. Warner Bros. releases 300: Rise of an Empire, the sequel to the $71 million opener from 2007, and Mr. Peabody & Sherman, the new animated release – with great early reviews - from Fox.

Top Weekend Box Office for 2/28/14-3/2/14 (Estimates)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 Non-Stop UNIVERSAL $30,019,350 New $30,019,350
2 Son of God Fox $26,500,000 New $26,500,000
3 The Lego Movie WARNER BROS. $21,015,000 - 33% $209,325,000
4 The Monuments Men SONY $5,000,000 - 37% $65,690,000
5 3 Days To Kill Relativity $4,900,000 - 60% $20,700,883
6 Robocop MGM $4,500,000 - 54% $51,210,000
7 Pompeii SONY $4,300,000 - 58% $17,740,000
8 Frozen DISNEY $3,611,000 - 18% $388,736,000
9 About Last Night SONY $3,400,000 - 55% $43,750,000
10 Ride Along New Line Cinema $3,065,160 - 34% $127,188,560
11 American Hustle SONY $1,930,000 + 11% $146,710,000
12 Endless Love UNIVERSAL $1,658,490 - 58% $22,321,320
  Also Opening/Notables
  Anchorman 2: Super0sized R0rated Version PARAMOUNT $1,335,000 New $126,503,000
  Repentance Codeblack Films $530,000 New $530,000
  Stalingrad SONY $500,000 New $500,000
  The Lunchbox Sony Classics $51,325 New $51,325
  The Bag Man Cinedigm $28,449 New $28,449
  Ernest & Celestine Gkids $15,611 New $15,611
  Fatal Assistance Velvet Film $3,000 New $3,000
  The Wind Rises DISNEY $1,604,000 + 411% $2,040,000
  Winter's Tale WARNER BROS. $245,000 - 89% $12,315,000
  The Wolf of Wall Street PARAMOUNT $1,230,000 - 6% $114,579,000
  Lone Survivor UNIVERSAL $1,042,425 - 47% $123,357,391
  Her WARNER BROS. $431,000 + 5% $24,604,000
  Philomena Weinstein Co. $1,224,000 + 2% $34,628,668
  Nebraska PARAMOUNT $405,000 - 5% $17,133,000
  Dallas Buyers Club Focus Features $427,000 + 44% $25,317,933
  12 Years a Slave FOX SEARCHLIGHT $900,000 + 72% $50,260,365
  Gravity WARNER BROS. $875,000 + 3% $270,465,000
Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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