Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle was the #1 movie over the weekend with $20 million, even though the high profile flicks 12 Strong and Den ofThieves were nipping at hits heels. Here’s this weekend’s top 10:
1. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle – $20 million
2. 12 Strong – Chris Hemsworth toplined military drama takes in $16.5 million.
3. Den of Thieves – This Gerard Butler/50 Cent flick which looks like a Heat redux makes $15.3 million.
4. The Post – $12.1 million
5. The Greatest Showman – Hugh Jackson musical adds $11 million to its coffers.
6. Paddington 2 – $8.2 million
7. The Commuter – Liam Neeson action flick drops to seven in its second weekend with just $6.7 million.
8. Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Grossing over $604 million domestically, the picture takes in $6.6 million this weekend.
9. Insidious: The Last Key – $5.9 million
10. Forever My Girl – Flick debuts with a less than auspicious $4.7 million.
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle beat all comers to land the #1 spot at the box office with $27 million. Liam Neeson’s latest flick The Commuter chimes in at #3 with $13.4 million but fellow newcomer Proud Mary disappointed with an eighth place debut ($10 million). Here’s the top 10:
1. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle – $27 million
2. The Post – $18.6 million
3. The Commuter – Liam Neeson actioner debuts with $13.4 million.
4. Insidious: The Last Key – $12.1 million
5. The Greatest Showman –Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron musical takes in $11.8 million
6. Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Movie makes $11.2 million and to date its grossed over $591 million domestically.
7. Paddington 2 – Great reviews didn’t lead to a stellar weekend. It collects $10.6 million.
8. Proud Mary – Taraji P. Henson flick has a disappointing showing with $10 million.
9. Pitch Perfect 3 – Comedy is closing in on $100 million domestically, as it’s currently at $94 million. This weekend it takes in $5.6 million.
They say that age is just a number; when it comes to Liam Neeson, we believe it! At age 65, when he could easily “settle down” into quiet dramas, Neeson is still happily taking roles in demanding action movies. His latest is The Commuter, which finds his character caught up in a criminal conspiracy aboard the commuter train he rides to and from work each day. As usual, Neeson insisted on doing as much of the stunt work as he could, so that the scenes would look as realistic as possible. (Click on the media bar below to hear Liam Neeson)
Liam Neeson’s collaboration with director Jaume Collet-Serra has yielded first rate entertainment fare (Unknown, Non-Stop, Run All Night), and now the pair board an entirely different train (literally) with The Commuter.
Neeson stars as an insurance salesman who is threatened by a stranger (Vera Farmiga) to identify a passenger before the train hits its final stop. Failure to achieve that mission will presumably lead to a horrible fate for all the commuters, and Neeson must think fast on his feet to save the day. The final trailer has just been released, and even though it features a rather obvious movie line (Neeson commands “You stop this train now!”), it definitely delivers the goods. Since this is awards season, it’s great to have a straight up palette cleanser like The Commuter just around the corner. Check out the final trailer below and tell us what you think!
Liam Neeson’s go-to director is Jaume-Collet-Serra, as they have previously worked on the action/thrillers Non-Stop, Run All Night, and Unknown. Their latest offering The Commuter has the same breakneck tension as the previous releases, as Neeson plays an insurance salesman who must uncover the identity of a hidden passenger before the train hits its final stop. If he fails at his mission, this commuter risks the lives of himself and his fellow passenger.
Collet-Serra’s last feature had Blake Lively taking on a shark in The Shallows, and the filmmaker is one of today’s best genre storytellers around. Patrick Wilson, Sam Neill, ElizabethMcGovern and Vera Farmiga co-star in The Commuter, and since Neeson has previously stated that this will be his final action movie, let’s hope he makes this a memorable one. Check out the new trailer below and tell us what you think!