"Lego Movie," the irreverent comedy from
"Lego" has dominated the multiplex over the last three weekends, but the No. 1 box office spot looks like a tossup with "Non-Stop" and "Son of God" poised for solid openings, according to people who have seen pre-release audience surveys.
"Non-Stop" stars Neeson as a federal air marshal in a race against time to save an airliner on a transatlantic flight. The movie from Silver Pictures and StudioCanal should continue Neeson's run as a reliably bankable action star by grossing roughly $20 million through Sunday.
The film cost an estimated $50 million to make, while Universal Pictures paid $13 million for domestic distribution rights.
Neeson's signature 2008 action-packed success "Taken," which opened with $25 million and went on to take in $145 million domestically, also opened during the weekend of the
"Non-Stop" also stars
Box office prophecies are more difficult for "Son of God," the biblical saga getting its wide release from
Husband-and-wife producing team
"Son of God" is leading advance ticket sales for the online company Fandango, as churches and other religious groups have helped build anticipation by purchasing passes in bulk and renting out cinemas.
Coming a decade after
"Son of God" has received generally negative reviews from film critics, with a 29% "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes on Thursday.
Meanwhile, Paramount Pictures is releasing the R-rated extended version of
In limited release, Lionsgate's Codeblack will debut "Repentance," a thriller starring