The January box office continued to do well with Liam Neeson’s return as special ops Bryan Mills in the third installment of his unlikely action franchise Taken 3 (20th Century Fox), co-starring Forest Whitaker, Maggie Grace and Famke Janssen, which opened like gangbusters with an estimated $40.4 million in 3,593 theaters. While that was down from the $49.5 million opening of the previous installment in October 2012, it was enough to be considered the second-biggest January opening ever behind last year’s Kevin Hart-Ice Cube action-comedy Ride Along.
The film stars Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, Famke Janssen, Forest Whitaker, and Jonny Weston. Tak3n opens in theaters on January 9, 2015.
Not long after the incredible success of Taken 2, it was revealed that work was underway to bring Taken 3 to theaters. Today, Deadline confirms that Liam Neeson is nearly set to return and will be paid almost $20 million to do so.
Twentieth Century Fox Film sequel Taken 2 remained in first place at the box office with an estimated $22.5 million. Directed by Olivier Megaton and starring Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace and Famke Janssen, the $45 million-budgeted film has earned $86.8 million domestically.
In a new interview with Hollywood.com, screenwriter Robert Mark Kamen says that talks have already begun for a third Taken.
The October 5 release, directed by Olivier Megaton, stars Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, Famke Janssen, Rade Sherbedgia and Luke Grimes.
Following last month’s trailer, a shorter new international trailer for Taken 2 has come online.