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Weekend Box Office: Liam Neeson's Fists Of Fury

For those of us who have followed Liam Neeson’s career, and watched him cower before the likes of Judy Davis and Mia Farrow in Husbands And Wives, his late-career resurgence as a bankable action star is bemusing, heartening, and more than a little weird. But if there’s ever a sequel to The Expendables, Neeson has clearly earned his place next to the no-necked muscleheads of the day—and seems on his way to top billing. With Neeson in the lead, the mediocre Hitchcockian thriller Unknown topped the box office last weekend with a healthy $21.8 million. That was enough to squeak by I Am Number Four, a less kindly reviewed actioner that exists to line the pockets of cultural despots James Frey and Michael Bay. The week’s other opener, Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son bowed in fifth with $17 million, a number that’s probably respectable enough to warrant another sequel, should its makers feel the greedy/sadistic impulse to make the magic happen a fourth time.

Not much action in limited release, though it should be noted that Black Swan passed the $100 million mark, a feat that seemed impossible to even the most generous of prognosticators. The ensemble comedy Cedar Rapids also looked good in expansion, taking $8,900 per screen on 102 screens; in the humor-starved market of Big Mommas, a wider release seems advisable.

For more detailed numbers, visit Box Office Mojo

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