The actor’s previous movie “Honest Thief” shot to the top of the box office in October amid a slew of theater closures that prompted several movie studios to postpone their major blockbuster releases until at least 2021. Now, the 68-year-old action star can boast a second film at the top of the charts, the action thriller “The Marksman.”
According to Variety, the film debuted at No. 1 with $3.2 million in ticket sales and is expected to close out the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend with $3.7 million across 1,975 locations. That means it’s a likely contender to finally unseat “Wonder Woman: 1984” in its third week in theaters.
Liam Neeson dominates the box office for the second time amid the coroanvirus pandemic.
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The Gal Gadot-led superhero movie surprised everyone by performing well at the muted winter box office despite also releasing for free to HBO Max subscribers in a bid to cultivate viewership at a time when the coronavirus pandemic has made going to the theater a difficult prospect for most Americans.
However, as the outlet notes, alongside films like “Wonder Woman: 1984,” “Honest Thief” and Robert De Niro’s “The War With Grandpa,” “The Marksman” joins the club of lowest-grossing box office toppers in modern history thanks to only 65% of theaters in the U.S. being open for business.
Currently, “Wonder Woman: 1984” is in a bit of a race for second during the holiday weekend with “The Croods: A New Age” edging close to its expected total of $2.6 million. Meanwhile, “News of the World” with Tom Hanks is likely to finish fourth.
“The Marksman” sees Neeson playing an Arizona rancher who becomes the unlikely protector of a young Mexican boy who is being pursued by a cartel that means to assassinate him.