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Non-Stop hits US top spot with $30 million


Story by Jack Foley

LIAM Neeson’s latest action vehicle Non-Stop proved unstoppable at the US box office, soaring to No.1 with $30 million.

Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, the film boasts a star-studded ensemble, including Oscar best actress nominee Lupita Nyong’o, Julianne Moore, Downton Abbey‘s Michelle Dockery and Scoot McNairy, and takes place on a TransAtlantic flight where a killer is threatening to do away with a passenger every 20 minutes unless a ransom is paid or Neeson’s air marshall can find and stop them.

The opening figure marks Neeson’s best for an action role outside of Taken 2, which opened to $49.5 million in 2012 – it also underlines his continued appeal as an action hero.

The weekend’s other big US release was the Christian film Son of God, which also did strong business. The film, which chronicles the life of Jesus Christ and stars Diogo Morgado, debuted to $26.6 million, one of the best showings for a strictly faith-based film.

The film actially opens exactly a decade after Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ, which opened to a massive $83.8 million on its way to earning $612 million worldwide.

Elsewhere, former box office champ The LEGO Movie fell to No. 3 after three consecutive weekends at No.1, taking $21 million and crossing the $200 million mark in the US.

George Clooney’s The Monuments Men also remained strong, grossing $5 million to come in fourth and finish the weekend with a US total of $65.7 million.

And Kevin Costner’s spy thriller 3 Days to Kill rounded out the top five, grossing $4.9 million for a US total of $20.7 million.

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