UK box office preview: 'Cold Pursuit' to challenge half-term holdovers

Screen | 2/22/2019 | Ben Dalton
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Studiocanal’s revenge thriller Cold Pursuit will aim to weather the storm of recent controversy around star Liam Neeson to challenge a selection of family titles at the UK box office this weekend.

In the film, Neeson plays a snowplough driver who seeks revenge against the drug dealers he believes killed his son. Hans Petter Moland directs, with the film based on his 2014 Norwegian title In Order Of Disappearance.

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Neeson has fronted a string of box office hits in recent years, led by the Taken series. The first title started with £1.2m in September 2008, finishing on £6.4m. It was then far surpassed by the sequels – Taken 2 started with £7.4m and ended on £23.5m in 2012, while Taken 3 began with £6.7m and ended on £17.8m in 2015.

Lower-grossing Neeson action titles have included 2011’s Unknown (opened: £1.4m, finished: £6.6m) and The Grey (opened: £1.1m, finished £3.2m); 2015’s Run All Night (opened: £827,408, finished: £2.2m); and 2018’s The Commuter (opened: £1.6m, finished £4m).

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Earlier this month, the actor provoked controversy with remarks made in an intervew with UK national the Independent, which led to US distributor Lionsgate cancelling the red carpet at the film’s New York premiere.

Elsewhere, several key holdovers are expected to benefit from the final days of the UK schools half-term holiday. The LEGO Movie 2 will look to hold top spot and build on its £7.4m after two weekends. The first title, 2014’s The LEGO Movie, made £3.3m on its third weekend, taking it to £26.7m by that point.

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Paramount comedy Instant Family will look to challenge for first place after a £2.5m opening.

Universal animation How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is still in the mix heading into its fourth weekend, sitting on £11.5m after three sessions. The second title in the series recorded...
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