Liam Neeson's latest film takes $10m on opening weekend despite race storm

Brunilde Fioravanti
Febbraio 11, 2019

LIAM NEESON has suffered his worst opening weekend at the United States box office since 2010.

The actor's revenge thriller Cold Pursuit earned only $10.8 million in theaters for its opening weekend.

It also marks the lowest opening return for a Neeson-led movie since 2010's The Next Three Days, which made just $6.5 million on debut.

Cold Pursuit is a big step down from Taken 3, which opened to $39 million in 2015. But its performance isn't all that different from the opening of his last action movie, 2018's The Commuter ($14 million) - though Cold Pursuit received far better reviews (it's now at 76 percent on Rotten Tomatoes) and so, one would think, would perform better.

What's unclear is what impact Neeson's current controversy might have had on the film's success.

In an interview with The Independent, Neeson revealed that he had roamed the streets many years ago hoping take out his anger on an innocent black person after learning that someone close to him had been raped by a black man. The admission has resulted in the actor being accused of being racist, which he denies.

The Lego Movie 2 was the overall victor at the USA box office this weekend, making an estimated $34.4m (£26.6m) in its first three days in cinemas.

What Men Want, a gender-swapped remake of 2000 film What Women Want, starring Taraji P Henson, came second in the weekend's box office chart with an estimated $19m (£14.7m). Cold Pursuit follows a snowplow operator (Neeson) who becomes consumed by revenge when his son is murdered by a local drug cartel.

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