In spite of absolutely dreadful reviews, Taken 2 is receiving success never before seen in Liam Neeson’s three-decade-long career. Early box office data suggests that the movie has a legitimate shot at banking $40 million by Monday morning–bigger than A-Team, bigger than Unknown, bigger than any other film that the veteran actor have starred in front and center by a clear margin.
It is important to point out here that this is based on a Friday that is pacing towards $15 million. The official audience feedback scores will be vital in carrying the results through Sunday, so the $40 million mark might not happen because there is so much doubt in the film’s overall quality. Such an instance almost always depresses a film’s potential nowadays thanks to social media. The bottom line is that if studio estimates come out on Sunday afternoon closer to $30 million, we know what happened. If they do not, then guess what. People just wanted to see Liam Neeson in action again regardless of circumstance.
Interestingly enough, the film already seems destined to make gobs of money whether that happens or not. Despite a surge in budget to $45 million from $27 million three years ago, the amount we are talking about is still pennies in comparison to other action flicks with similar results. For comparative purposes, The Bourne Legacy debuted to $38 million and cost $125 million to make.