At The Movies: Liam Neeson’s Still Got It, ‘Unknown’ Tops Box Office

By Allen Starbury   /   Published 02/21/11

Unknown movieActor Liam Neeson proves he's still a box office draw, especially as an action star these days. His latest thriller, "Unknown," beat out "I Am Number Four" and "Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son" to take the weekend box office.

The film, which also stars Diane Kruger and January Jones, debuted #1 with $21.8 million, while the rest of the top 5 followed closely behind.

In the film, Neeson plays a doctor on a trip to Berlin who wakes up from a taxi crash to discover that another man is living his life and his wife (Jones) doesn't recognize him. The police think he's crazy and assassins are on his tail. His only ally in unraveling the mystery is a taxi driver (Kruger).

In at #2 is the sci-fi flick, "I Am Number Four," raking in $19.5 million. The film stars Alex Pettyfer as an alien refugee on Earth who develops superpowers to battle the evil invaders that destroyed his planet.

In a close third is the animated feature, "Gnomeo & Juliet", earning $19.4 million over the three-day haul.

And, last weekend's top movie, the Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston romantic comedy "Just Go With It," fell to #4 this weekend, earning another $18.2 million to bring its domestic sum to $60.8 million in two weekends.

Closing out the top five is Martin Lawrence's comedy "Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son" with $17 million.

That's a wrap for this weekend. Next weekend, look out for the release of the new Nicolas Cage 3D film "Drive Angry," and the Owen Wilson comedy "Hall Pass."

This weekend's top 10 is as follows:

1 - "Unknown," $21.8 million.
2 - "I Am Number Four," $19.5 million.
3 - "Gnomeo & Juliet," $19.4 million.
4 - "Just Go With It," $18.2 million.
5 - "Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son," $17 million.
6 - "Justin Bieber: Never Say Never," $13.6 million.
7 - "The King's Speech," $6.6 million.
8 - "The Roommate," $4.1 million.
9 - "The Eagle," $3.6 million.
10 - "No Strings Attached," $3.1 million.

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