Top – Liam Neeson thriller Cold Pursuit makes $11m at US box office


Liam Neeson in Cold Pursuit

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Neeson has drug sellers in his sights in his newest snowbound thriller

Liam Neeson’s latest race row didn’t seem to have a huge impact on his new movie’s field workplace takings this weekend.

Chilly Pursuit was the third hottest movie in US and Canadian cinemas, making $10.8m (£8.4m) between Friday and Sunday, in accordance with studio estimates.

The revenge drama’s opening weekend takings had been barely beneath these for his different latest motion thrillers.

The 66-year-old actor got here underneath hearth final week after admitting he as soon as needed to kill a random black man.

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In an interview with The Unbiased, Neeson revealed that he had roamed the streets a few years in the past hoping take out his anger on an harmless black particular person after studying that somebody near him had been raped by a black man.

Director Spike Lee was amongst many to criticise the actor for his remarks, telling the BBC that he “did not know why he did it”.

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“Individuals have to grasp historical past,” the US film-maker mentioned on The Andrew Marr Present on Sunday.

“Who is aware of what number of harmless black males have been murdered, castrated, lynched or harmed, or frolicked in jail, solely as a result of a white lady mentioned that black man raped her.”

Chilly Pursuit, through which Neeson performs a snowplough driver who takes revenge towards the drug sellers he blames for his son’s loss of life, opens within the UK on 22 February.

The movie is a remake of 2014 Norwegian movie Kraftidioten (Prize Fool), which was launched within the UK as In Order of Disappearance.

Neeson’s greatest latest field workplace successes have been the Taken movies – however in the previous few years, his different motion thrillers have had opening weekends round $11m-$14m.

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North American opening weekend takings for Neeson’s newest motion thrillers:

  • Widows (2018) – $12.3m
  • The Commuter (2018) – $13.7m
  • Run All Evening (2015) – $11m
  • Taken 3 (2015) – $39.2m
  • A Stroll Among the many Tombstones (2014) – $12.8m

The Lego Film 2 was the general winner on the US field workplace this weekend, making an estimated $34.4m (£26.6m) in its first three days in cinemas.

But that was effectively beneath expectations for a movie whose 2014 predecessor made $69m (£53.4m) when it opened within the US and Canada.

What Males Need, a gender-swapped remake of 2000 movie What Ladies Need, starring Taraji P Henson, got here second within the weekend’s field workplace chart with an estimated $19m (£14.7m).

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