Liam Neeson’s ‘Honest Thief’ Opens to $3.7 Million as ‘Tenet’ Crosses $50 Million at Box Office

“Love and Monsters” and “2 Hearts” also enter theaters as New York prepares to reopen next week

Last Updated: October 18, 2020 @ 4:20 PM

As the indies-only October box office rolls on, the Liam Neeson action film “Honest Thief” took the top spot on the charts with an estimated $3.7 million opening weekend from 2,425 theaters. Combine that with the film’s grosses from Canada last week, and the Open Road action film is taking in a $4.2 million domestic start.

Meanwhile, Warner Bros.’ “Tenet” has crossed the $50 million domestic mark after eight weekends in theaters, taking $1.6 million this weekend to bring its total to $50.6 million in North America and $334 million worldwide. “Tenet” will hope for another small burst next weekend, as New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that theaters in his state would finally be allowed to reopen with the exception of those in NYC.

While New York City is the largest box office market in the country, theaters in adjacent, out-of-state towns like Hoboken, New Jersey, reported stronger turnout from New Yorkers in the opening weekends of “Tenet”‘s run. The addition of more theaters in upstate New York may provide the film with another million or two in this late stage of theatrical release.

As for California, it still remains uncertain whether “Tenet” will be able to screen in Los Angeles or San Francisco, as L.A. County still has not moved past the first tier of reopening due to stubbornly high infection rates and a ban on concession sales in S.F. County has led theater owners there to refuse to reopen despite permission to do so.

Also out this weekend is Freestyle Releasing’s romance film “2 Hearts,” which took in $565,000 from 1,683 locations, while 101 Studios’ “The War With Grandpa” brought in $2.5 million from 2,260 locations to bring its 10-day total to $7.2 million. Paramount released the romantic creature feature “Love and Monsters” day-and-date on both PVOD and in 387 theaters, grossing $255,000.

Finally, Disney, having found some Halloween rerelease success with “Hocus Pocus,” sent Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” back into theaters, where it made $1.3 million. “Hocus Pocus” added $756,000 this weekend to bring its rerelease total past $4 million.