Liam Neeson has a new skill to add to his resume: taking down “The Hobbit” at the box office.
“Taken 3” swiped first place at the box office away from three-week reigning champion “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.” The 20th Century Fox thriller series starring Neeson as a vengeance-seeking retired CIA operative with “a very particular set of skills” earned $39.1 million.
Paramount’s civil rights drama “Selma” expanded into wide release and arrived in second place with $11.3 million.
In its third week at the box office, the Disney musical “Into the Woods” earned $9.5 million in third place.