Friday Report: 'Non-Stop,' 'Son of God' in Close Race

by Ray Subers

March 1, 2014

Non-Stop and Son of God both did strong business on Friday, though the Liam Neeson thriller wound up with a slight edge.

Playing at 3,090 locations, Non-Stop opened to an estimated $10 million. That's a drastic improvement over recent Neeson movies Unknown ($6.7 million) and The Grey ($6.5 million). For the three-day weekend, Non-Stop should finish with around $30 million.

Son of God
was no Passion of the Christ, though it still got off to an impressive start. The movie earned $9.4 million on Friday, which is more than Courageous, The Nativity Story and Fireproof earned in their entire first weekend. By Sunday, Son of God will likely have collected at least $27 million.

After three weeks in the lead, The LEGO Movie is going to have to settle for third place this weekend. The animated hit fell 39 percent to $4.4 million, which should translate to a $20 million weekend. So far, it has earned $192.7 million total, and it will likely pass $200 million sometime today.

Last weekend's openers fell hard on Friday. 3 Days to Kill and Pompeii both dropped 64 percent, earning $1.45 million and $1.2 million, respectively. It now looks like both movies will close below $30 million.

Hayao Miyazaki's The Wind Rises expanded to 496 locations on Friday, though it only managed to earn $460,000. The Oscar-nominated animated movie could end up with around $2 million for the three-day frame.

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