If it felt like a forgettable and rather dead weekend at the box office, that’s because it was. Studios typically don’t release major films in theaters the weekend of the Academy Awards, the conventional wisdom being that everyone’s going to be watching the awards, gearing up for the awards, and or doing something that involves preparing for the ceremony and not going to movies.
This is largely true, and the releases put in that weekend are generally counter-programming offers with 2014 being no different. While you may have spent your entire weekend pouring your Oscar ballot, those who don’t really give a toss turned out for both action and religious fare. Liam Neeson’s “Take On A Plane,” errrr… “Non-Stop” took the number one slot with a strong $30 million. A mid-budget franchise alert? Don’t scoff. Over the last five years, Neeson has had six action films open at #1.