Weekend Box Office: Liam Neeson #1 With Latest Action Flick ‘The Grey’

By BallerStatus Staff  |  01/29/2012

Liam Neeson landed atop the weekend box office this week, thanks to his new action flick "The Grey", beating out the Sam Worthington thriller "Man On A Ledge" and Katherine Heigl's action-comedy "One For the Money."

"Grey" pulled in $20 million over the weekend, continuing the actor's success as an action star in the winter months. The Alaskan survivalist thriller follows the success of Neeson's previous action flicks, "Taken" and "Unknown" -- which opened in January-February releases with $24.7 million and $21.9 million, respectively.

"Liam is a true movie star, period," Tom Ortenberg, CEO of Open Road Films, told the Associated Press. It's the second release for the newly formed distributor, created by theater chains AMC and Regal. "My guess is that Liam Neeson in action thrillers would work just about any time of year."

Last weekend's top movie, Kate Beckinsale's "Underworld Awakening", fell to #2 in its second week, earning $12.5 million, taking its total to just over $45.1 million.

Coming in at #3 was "One For the Money," starring Katherine Heigl. The film, which is based on the 1994 novel of the same name by Janet Evanovich, has Heigl playing Stephanie Plum, an out of work woman who becomes a bail enforcement agent and has to chase after a high school ex. It earned $11.7 million to start.

"Red Tails" fell from #2 to #4 this week, earning $10.4 million.

And, closing out the top 5 is Worthington's "Man On A Ledge," which earned $8.3 million. In it Worthington plays Nick Cassidy, a man who checks in a Hollywood hotel and climbs on the ledge, apparently ready to commit suicide. But, there's more to it that than, its merely a distraction.

That's a wrap for this weekend. This week, look out for the release of the Universal Pictures drama "Big Miracle" starring Drew Barrymore and Kristen Bell, the Fox drama "Chronicle", and the horror-thriller "The Woman In Black."

This weekend's top 10 is as follows:

1. "The Grey," $20 million.
2. "Underworld: Awakening," $12.5 million.
3. "One for the Money," $11.8 million.
4. "Red Tails," $10.4 million.
5. "Man on a Ledge," $8.3 million.
6. "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close," $7.1 million.
7. "The Descendants," $6.6 million.
8. "Contraband," $6.5 million.
9. "Beauty and the Beast," $5.3 million.
10. "Haywire," $4 million.