Weekend Box Office Report: ‘Unknown’ Pleasures

Monday, February 21 by

This weekend, it was all about the Neeson. Some analysts are expressing amusement as the notion of Liam Neeson as an action hero, thanks to the number 1 box office success of Unknown, a thriller in the same general Neeson arena as Taken. But not me, because my favorite Liam Neeson character of all time is Dr. Peyton Westlake, otherwise known as the vigilante Darkman in Darkman. All of these people laughing at Liam Neeson kicking ass are just late to the party, in my opinion.

The other two big openers this week were I Am Number Four and that Big Mommas movie, opening at 2nd and 5th place, respectively. That sound you hear is a collective sigh of relief that it wasn’t Big Mommas at number 2, since we probably would have seen a movie with Liam Neeson kicking ass in drag if that had happened. Or is that a sigh of disappointment? (The AV Club)