‘Year of the Spy’ starts strong at U.S. box office with Taken 3

Taken 3 poster

Taken 3 poster

The “Year of the Spy” got off to a strong start as Taken 3 ruled the U.S. box office.

The third installment of the series starring Liam Neeson generated an estimated $40.4 million for the Jan. 9-11 weekend, according to the BOX OFFICE MOJO WEBSITE.. At No. 2 was Selma at $11.2 million.

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER reported Taken 3’s early worldwide total was $81.4 million.

Taken 3 didn’t get many good reviews. The film had a 12 percent score at the ROTTEN TOMATOES WEBSITE, which compiles and categorizes reviews.

As of Jan. 11, there were nine “fresh” Taken 3 reviews and 66 “rotten” ones, according to the website. A sample of the latter was from David Hiltbrand of THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER. “Nothing gets taken here except your ticket money.”

In the three Taken movies, Neeson plays ex-operative Bryan Mills. In the series finale, Mills’ ex-wife is murdered and he’s framed for the crime.

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One Response

  1. well i was figuring this film would do well at the box-office in America.
    there were internet news out earlier this year, saying that the ‘taken film
    franchise was causing travellier’s oversea’s especially American’s
    to be less interested in travelling regularly since these films came-out

    i hardly believed in that report. however this column by hmss weblog
    had predicted that this year 2015. would be ‘the year of the spy’
    congratulation’s it’s started with liam neesom’s ‘taken 3’ at the
    box-office.

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