Liam Neeson's survival thriller "The Grey" claims the top spot on this week's North American box office. Grossing $19.6 million on its opening weekend, the Joe Carnahan-directed movie successfully takes over the champion title from last week's winner, "Underworld: Awakening".
The R-rated thriller, which received a "B-" CinemaScore, appeals to 60% male audience with 71% of them are over the age of 25. Around 67% of the moviegoers have listed Neeson as the reason they watch the movie. Tom Ortenber, Open Road Films CEO, gushes, "Liam Neeson is a true movie star, and our marketing department hit it out of the park."
Last week's chart-topper, "Underworld 4", lands on the runner-up place in its second week. The vampire vs. lycan war movie collects $12.3 million for a total domestic cume of $45.1 million after two weeks playing in the U.S theaters.
Katherine Heigl's comedy "One for the Money" opens on the third place with $11.5 million. Despite the less impressive result, Lionsgate Film's David Spitz admits, "We're very pleased. These were definitely fans of the book." Bagging a "B-" CinemaScore, the Julie Anne Robinson-directed movie appeals to 79% female moviegoers with 74% of them are over the age of 25.
Securing the fourth position this week is George Lucas' Tuskegee Airmen movie "Red Tails". The film rakes in $10.3 million for a total domestic cume of $33.8 million after two weeks playing in cinemas.
Trailing behind "Red Tails" is another newcomer on the chart, "Man on a Ledge". Rounding up the top five, the Sam Worthington-starring thriller grosses $8 million on its debut weekend. "We were up 43% on Saturday, indicating great word of mouth," says Richie Fay, Summit Entertaimnet president of distribution, of the result.
Top Ten Movies at Box Office for January 27 - 29, 2012: