Weekend Box Office: NON-STOP Takes Off with $30 Million; SON OF GOD in Second with $26.5 Million

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A rare fourth frame on top was not in the cards for The LEGO Movie.  The animated hit fell to third place this weekend, surpassed by two radically different new titles.  In first place, Non-Stop is the latest thriller to star Liam Neeson and was expected by most to have a strong showing over this Oscar weekend.  What was not as expected was how close Son of God would come to shooting Non-Stop out of the sky.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Non-Stop $30,019,000 $30
2.  Son of God $26,500,000 $26.5
3.  The LEGO Movie $21,015,000 $209.3
4.  The Monuments Men $5,000,000 $65.6
5.  3 Days to Kill $4,900,000 $20.7
6.  Robocop $4,500,000 $51.2
7.  Pompeii $4,300,000 $17.7
8.  Frozen $3,611,000 $388.7
9.  About Last Night $3,400,000 $43.7
10.  Ride Along $3,065,000 $127.1

Friday Box Office: NON-STOP Flies to First but SON OF GOD Shines Brightest

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It is not often that there is more interest in the film that places second than in the film that comes out on top of the box office, but that is the case this morning with new releases Non-Stop and Son of God.  Although Friday night estimates put the Liam Neeson thriller on top, all eyes are on the biblical upstart.  Son of God was expected to bring in around $15 million in its first three days – a huge win for a film that is basically last year’s TV miniseries The Bible repurposed for the big screen.  But that was before the movie pulled in an astonishing $1.2 million from Thursday night screenings.  Just for context, that is close to what the hit Bad Grandpa earned from its own pre-release previews last October, although it’s hard to imagine Son of God’s audience sharing much else with the Jackass crowd.

Even with official estimates for Non-Stop and Son of God so close on Friday, weekend projections still fall in the former’s favor.  The thriller is now expected to bring in close to $30 million through Sunday, with Son of God a close second with $29 million.  Could the religious feature pull out the win?  Safe to say that stranger things have happened.

 Title Friday Total
1.  Non-Stop $10,000,000 $10
2.  Son of God $9,400,000 $9.4
3.  The LEGO Movie $4,420,000 $192.7
4.  3 Days to Kill $1,450,000 $17.2
5.  The Monuments Men $1,400,000 $62

SON OF GOD Trailer Brings Jesus to the Big Screen with Diogo Morgado in the Title Role

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It won’t hit theaters in time for Jesus Christ’s birthday, but Son of God is due out to the big screens early next year.  From the producers of The Bible miniseries that aired on History Channel earlier this year comes the feature film cut of the story of Christ.  Portuguese actor Diogo Morgado stars in the title role, which he portrayed in the 10-part miniseries.

Director Christopher Spencer’s Son of God also stars Greg Hicks, Adrian Schiller, Darwin Shaw, Sebastian Knapp, Joe Wredden, Simon Kunz, Paul Marc Davis, Matthew Gravelle, Amber Rose Revah and Roma Downey, and opens February 28, 2014.  Hit the jump to watch the new trailer.

NBC Acquires THE BIBLE Miniseries Follow-Up A.D.: BEYOND THE BIBLE

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Executive producer Mark Burnett’s miniseries The Bible was a massive ratings hit on the History Channel when it aired this past March, and now NBC hopes to replicate that success with a sequel series of sorts.  THR reports that NBC has acquired the rights to A.D.: Beyond the Bible, another miniseries that Burnett will produce with his wife Roma Downey.  The series will apparently have a much narrower focus than The Bible, as it centers on the events in the days after Jesus’ betrayal and death.

The miniseries—or “limited series” as some are dubbing it—has become a new network favorite in the wake of The Bible’s success, with FX getting in on the game with Fargo and the recently-announced Last of the Mohicans adaptation, and Fox planning a limited return for 24: Live Another Day.  No word on when A.D.: Beyond the Bible might premiere, but the ratings-challenged NBC is likely hoping it comes to fruition sooner rather than later.

New to Blu-ray: MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE: PHASE ONE – AVENGERS ASSEMBLED, THAT THING YOU DO!, THE BIBLE, and More

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Here’s a brief look at this week’s new Blu-ray titles:

History Announces THE HATFIIELDS AND THE MCCOYS Miniseries Starring Kevin Costner and 10-Hour Docudrama Based on the Bible

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History (formerly known as The History Channel) announced two high profile projects today.  The first, The Hatfield and the McCoys, centers on the infamous 19th-century family feud.  Kevin Costner will star as “Devil” Anse Hatfield and co-produce with Leslie Greif.  The press release claims the 2012 premiere will coincide with the 150th anniversary of the feud, but I’m not sure how they determine the anniversary for a multidecade feud that was initiated 146 years ago.  Brad Pitt, Robert Duvall, and Crazy Heart director Scott Cooper were linked to a separate Hatfield/McCoy movie over a year ago, with the caveat that it will happen “if and when Pitt decides to clear a place in his schedule.”  I imagine the Costner project will dissuade Pitt from searching too hard for that hole.

Additionally, History is developing a docudrama series with producer Mark Burnett (Survivor).  The network promises all the greatest hits: Noah’s Ark, the Exodus from Egypt, Daniel and the Lion’s Den, and of course, the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus.  The press release highlights the “state-of-the-art computer-generated imagery (CGI),” which is absolutely noteworthy in 2011.  The 10-hour series will air in five parts in 2013.

Read the official announcement for both projects after the jump.

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