Liam Neeson's recent racial dispute does not seem to have a big impact on the box office of his new movie this weekend.
Cold Fursuit was the third most popular film in the US and Canadian theaters, earning $ 10.8 million between Friday and Sunday, according to studio estimates.
Revenue drama opening weekend profits were slightly lower than its other recent action thrillers.
The 66-year-old actor was criticized last week after admitting that he once wanted to kill a random black man.
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In an interview with The Independent, Neeson revealed that he was walking the streets many years ago, hoping to discount his anger at an innocent black person after learning that someone close to him had been raped by a black man.
Director Spike Lee was one of many to criticize the actor for his comments, telling the BBC he "did not know why he did it."
"People need to understand the story," the filmmaker told The Andrew Marr Show on Sunday.
"Who knows how many innocent black men were murdered, castrated, lynched, or harmed, or spent time in prison just because a white woman said the black man raped her."
Cold Fursuit, in which Neeson plays a snowboard driver who avenges himself against the drug traffickers he blames for the death of his son, opens in the UK on February 22.
The film is a remake of the 2014 Norwegian film Kraftidioten (Prize Idiot), which was released in the UK as In Order of Disappearance.
Neeson's biggest box office successes were Taken's films – but in recent years his other action thrillers have had weekend opening between $ 11 million and $ 14 million.
US opening weekend shoot for the latest Neeson action thrillers:
- Widows (2018) – US $ 12.3 million
- The traveler (2018) – US $ 13.7 million
- Run all night (2015) – US $ 11 million
- Run 3 (2015) – US $ 39.2 million
- A walk among the tombstones (2014) – US $ 12.8 million
Lego Movie 2 was the big winner at the United States box office this weekend, totaling $ 34.4 million in the first three days in theaters.
However, this is well below the expectations of a film whose predecessor of 2014 made $ 69 million when it opened in the US and Canada.
What Men Want, a remake of the 2000 film What Women Want starring Taraji P Henson, came second at the weekend's $ 19 million box office.
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