LIAM NEESON has suffered his worst opening weekend at the US box office since 2010.
The Irishman’s new film, Cold Pursuit, made just $10.8 million over its first weekend in the US.
That return was it finish third behind The LEGO Movie 2 and What Men Want, which raked in $34 million and $19 million respectively.
It also marks the lowest opening return for a Neeson-led movie since 2010’s The Next Three Days, which made just $6.5 million on debut.
The chilly response to Cold Pursuit comes in the wake of Neeson’s controversial comments, made during a junket interview with The Independent.
In the interview, he admitted to once walking the streets looking for a ‘black b*****d’ to kill following the rape of a loved one.
The remarks sparked widespread outrage with some suggesting the comments could end his career.
And despite Neeson’s attempts at clarifying the remarks during an interview with Good Morning America, Lionsgate opted to cancel the red carpet planned for Cold Pursuit’s US premiere.
Despite the disappointing numbers, the figures were in line with industry expectations, which had predicted an opening weekend return of somewhere between $7-10 million for Cold Pursuit.
It also points to a wider tread indicating audiences are beginning to tire of Neeson’s newfound action star persona.
2018’s The Commuter underwhelmed at the box office, with Taken 3 the last Neeso-led action film to perform well at the box office, raking in $39 million on its way to a $89 million tally.
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.