Liam Neeson’s “Non-Stop” tops US box office

Liam Neeson’s Non-Stop has knocked The Lego Movie from the top of the US box office.

The thriller opened to an estimated $30m this weekend, bringing the computer-animated movie’s three-week run at number one to an end.

Non-Stop also stars Julianne Moore, Michelle Dockery and Lupita Nyong’o and was directed by Jaume Collet-Serra.

Neeson stars as US federal air marshal Bill Marks, who is faced with a potential hostage situation during a flight from New York to London.

At number two, Son of God also opened strongly with $26.5m, giving it a far more lucrative debut weekend than similar films like Courageous ($9.1m) and The Nativity Story ($7.8m).

However, the biblical movie’s performance falls short of The Passion of the Christ, which earned over $26m on its first day.

The Lego Movie is down to number three with $21m and has now become the first 2014 release to pass $200 million.

George Clooney’s The Monuments Men is up to four, but was significantly behind the top three with $5m. 3 Days to Kill landed in fifth place, and dropped 60% to take $4.9m in its second week.

Disney’s Frozen sticks in eighth place and has now taken over $1 billion worldwide, with an opening in Japan still to come. It looks likely to enter the all-time Top 10 by the end of its run.

RoboCop, About Last Night, Ride Along and Pompeii also feature in this week’s top ten.

The US weekend box office top ten for March 2 is as follows:
1. (-) Non-Stop – $30,019,000
2. (-) Son of God – $26,500,000
3. (1) The Lego Movie – $21,015,000
4. (5) The Monuments Men – $5,000,000
5. (2) 3 Days to Kill – $4,900,000
6. (4) RoboCop – $4,500,000
7. (3) Pompeii – $4,300,000
8. (8) Frozen – $3,611,000
9. (6) About Last Night – $3,400,000
10. (7) Ride Along – $3,065,000

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