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Flicks Flashback: Liam Neeson's box office skills on display 5 years ago

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Five years ago we learned Liam Neeson had a very special set of skills at the box office. “Taken” proved to be a smash hit that made the actor a highly bankable star on just his name alone. The movie has also turned into a profitable franchise for its studio resulting in one successful sequel and another on the way.

Original Release Date: January 30 2009
The Line (in millions) – Budget: $25, Opening: $24.7, Total: $145, Worldwide: $226.9

Flicks Facts:

-Liam Neeson’s stated in the past he initially only signed because he thought the movie would go directly to DVD.

-Not long after working on the film Famke Janssen volunteered to be Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Office against Drugs and Crime.

-All of the men playing Liam Neeson's ex-agency friends are portrayed by actors who had played spies or special agents in other TV shows or movies.

Other Notable Milestones

1 Year Ago
Warm Bodies
Original Release Date: February 1, 2013
The Line (in millions) – Budget: $35, Opening: $20.3, Total: $66.3, Worldwide: $116.4

Flashback: The fantasy horror film was the last in a line of four straight sci-fi-esque films to top the charts in impressive fashion.

10 Years Ago
You Got Served
Original Release Date: January 30, 2004
The Line (in millions) – Budget: $8, Opening: $16.1, Total: $40, Worldwide: $48

Flashback: Small budget, big opening.

15 Years Ago
She’s All That
Original Release Date: January 29, 1999
The Line (in millions) – Budget: $10, Opening: $16.5, Total: $63, Worldwide: NA

Flashback: “She’s All That” joins “10 Things I Hate About You,” “Varsity Blues,” and “Can’t Hardly Wait” as films that helped define a certain generation. All have stood the test of time.

20 Years Ago
Original Release Date: January 28, 1994
The Line (in millions) – Budget: $11, Opening: $4.4, Total: $16, Worldwide: NA

Flashback: For lack of a better term. Blink and you missed this one.

Next week: A very unique “detective” celebrates two decades of success


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