Liam Neeson can really bring in those action crowds, as Non-Stop hauled in a solid $30 million for first place, knocking The Lego Movie down the charts. It scored an "A-" from audiences, who were evenly divided between male and female, over age 25, so it could stick around a while. In second was Mark Burnett's Son of God, which was kind of a packaged version of his Bible miniseries that aired on The History Channel a while ago. It played to religious crowds, obviously and earned $26.5 million over the weekend.
The Lego Movie came in third but still made $21 million to end up crossing $200 million total, while Frozen finally crossed $1 billion worldwide. In fourth was Monuments Men with $5 million and 3 Days to Kill behind it with $4 million, but they seem to be fizzling out at this point, while other new releases this weekend included Hayao Miyazaki's The Wind Rises in an English-dubbed version, which grossed a little over $1 million. The same goes for Anchorman 2, which came out this weekend in an alternate, 143-minute version which added scores of alternate/deleted scenes that supposedly added up to 95% "new jokes."
- 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
Next weekend it's the sequel 300: Rise of an Empire, along with the animated film Mr. Peabody & Sherman, plus Wes Anderson's latest, The Grand Budapest Hotel. Until then, enjoy the Oscars tonight!