Liam Neeson’s late-career transformation into an action star continued as the 59-year-old actor’s latest thriller, The Grey, took a bite out of the box office with $6.5 million on Friday.
That places the R-rated man-versus-wolves movie on pace for an $18 million weekend. While that figure falls a bit short of other recent Neeson thrillers, such as Taken (opened to $24.7 million) and Unknown ($21.9 million), it’s still a solid start for The Grey and its young distributor, Open Road Films. This is only the second release from the AMC Theatres and Regal Cinemas-financed Open Road, which paid just $5 million to acquire the $34 million film. Looks like a wise purchase.
The tough movie received a “B-” rating from CinemaScore audiences. Of note is the fact that 67 percent of CinemaScore’s graders listed Neeson as the reason they bought a ticket, confirming the actor’s appeal as an action leading man. READ FULL STORY »