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Saturday 23 September 2017

Neeson's action film lands €15m box smash

Liam Neeson'S The Grey topped the weekend box office with $20m (€15.2m), according to studio estimates, continuing the actor's success as an action star in the winter months.

The Alaskan survivalist thriller opened above expectations with a performance on par with previous Neeson thrillers Taken and Unknown.

Those films, both January to February releases, opened with $24.7m (€18.7m) and $21.9m (€16.6m), respectively.

But The Grey, which has received good reviews, drove home the strong appeal of Neeson. It is an unlikely turn for the 59-year-old Neeson (above), previously better known for his dramatic performances, like those in Schindler's List and Kinsey. "Liam is a true movie star," said Tom Ortenberg, chief executive of Open Road Films.

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"My guess is that Liam Neeson in action thrillers would work just about any time of year."

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