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