Non-Stop and Son of God rule the box office over Oscar weekend. The Liam Neeson action movie takes first place with $28.9 million, while Son of God is an impressive runner-up. Meanwhile, Disney Animation's Frozen becomes the 18th movie ever to earn over $1 billion worldwide, and The LEGO Movie crosses $200 million domestically.
Universal’s Non-Stop, Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, topped the North American box office with a $28.9 million debut. Non-Stop stars Liam Neeson as a U.S. air marshal who gets into serious trouble on a transatlantic flight from New York to London. Overseas, the star-studded film, whose cast includes Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o, Julianne Moore, Downton Abbey's Michelle Dockery and House of Card's Corey Stoll, opened to $20 million from 21 markets for a $50 million global launch.
In second place, the weekend's other new offering, Mark Burnett and Roma Downey's Son of God, chronicling the life of Jesus Christ and starring Diogo Morgado, was also a winner. The 20th Century Fox release debuted to $26.5 million, the second-best opening for a Christian film after The Passion of the Christ, not accounting for inflation.
After leading the box office for three straight weeks, Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow's The LEGO Movie came in third place. The 3D animated film brought in $20.8 million in its fourth weekend out, pushing its domestic total past the $200 million mark with a total of $209.1 million. Internationally, The LEGO Movie took in another $21 million, pushing its world total to $330.4 million.
From Relativity and EuropaCorp, 3 Days to Kill came in fourth place over its sophomore weekend with $4.9 million. Directed by McG and starring Kevin Costner, the film has made $20.8 million to date.
George Clooney's The Monuments Men remained strong in its fourth week out, grossing $5 million to round out the top five and ending Sunday with a domestic total of $65.7 million.
Sony and MGM's RoboCop placed number six with $4.5 million, pushing the film’s domestic total to $51.2 million. Overseas, the sci-fi remake topped the box office chart, taking in $30 million internationally for a total of $136 million and a worldwide total of $187.2 million.
Constantin Films' ill-fated $100 million epic Pompeii fell to number seven in its second weekend, taking in $4.3 million for a domestic total of $17.7 million. Overseas, the film grossed $16.4 million for an international total of $47.7 million and worldwide total of $65.4 million.
Disney’s blockbuster animated feature Frozen came in eighth place for the second week in a row, taking in $3.6 million for a total of $388.8 million over the film’s nine weeks at the North American box office. The Oscar winner became the 18th movie to cross $1 billion worldwide on Sunday; to date, it has earned $611.5 million overseas. Its top markets are South Korea ($76.2 million), the U.K. ($63.5 million), Germany ($47.7 million), France ($42.6 million) and China ($42.6 million). In two weeks, it finally opens in Japan.
Hayao Miyazaki's Oscar-nominated animated movie The Wind Rises expanded to 496 locations this weekend, earning $1.52 million.
Box office numbers were obtained on boxofficemojo.com.