The Grey, starring Liam Neeson with some other dudes and a pack of wolves, opened in 1st place over the weekend with little in the way of competition. Fellow action flick Man on a Ledge only managed 5th place even with its PG-13 rating while action-comedy One for the Money, in 3rd, marked Katherine Heigl’s worst opening in 6 years.
Liam Neeson showed his box office muscle once again in The Grey, an R-rated man-versus-nature action flick that opened with $19.6 million, more than enough to secure the top spot. Among Liam Neeson’s last action efforts, The Grey sports a softer debut then the likes of Taken ($24.7M), The A-Team ($25.6M) and Unknown ($21.8 million), but those had PG-13 ratings which certainly helped. Based on its opening and how I think the next couple of weeks will run, The Grey should finish around $65-70 million in North America. Great news for a $20 million film.
In 2nd place former leader Underworld Awakening had the best 2nd weekend in the series history with $12.3 million. That brings its total to $44.9 million in 10 days, running ahead of Underworld: Evolution‘s $44.6 million after 10 days. This means Underworld Awakening is also on track for $65-70 million when all will be said and done.
Katherine Heigl’s One for the Money was 3rd with $11.5 million, a disappointing debut for her. With a budget of $40 million and a 3% Rotten Tomato rating, this is one stinker Lionsgate will definitely shove under the rug soon enough. Can’t see this finishing above $25 million in North America.
In 4th place holdover Red Tails made $10.3 million, a decent 44.8% drop from last week. With $33.7 million in 10 days, Red Tails will most likely run out of fuel before it can reach $50 million.
Rounding up the top 5 is newcomer Man on a Ledge and with just $8 million over the weekend, you could start to feel like jumping from a ledge once you take into consideration the high $42 million price tag of the flick. Although I recommend a ledge that’s not to far from the ground, we don’t want any serious injuries. Regarding Sam Worthington, he hasn’t had a hit since Clash of the Titans way back in April 2010 so he probably can’t wait for Wrath of the Titans to come out in just two months from now.