‘Honest Thief’ Snags Top Spot at Weekend Box Office

Honest Thief (Credit: Open Road Films)

Honest Thief, an action thriller starring Liam Neeson, took the top spot on another slow weekend at the domestic box office.

The drama rang up an estimated $3.7 million from Friday to Sunday, according to Comscore. Adding in its Canadian grosses from last week, the film’s total climbs to $4.2 million.

The thriller centers on a notorious bank robber who decides to lead an honest life and turns himself in, only to be double-crossed by ruthless FBI agents.

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The Open Road Films release is directed by Mark Williams, with Kate Walsh, Robert Patrick, Anthony Ramos, Jeffrey Donavan, and Jai Courtney rounding out the main cast.

Last week’s leader, The War With Grandpa, slipped to second place with $2.5 million.

It was followed by Christopher Nolan’s time-bending thriller Tenet with $1.6 million, bringing its eight-week total of $50.6 million. The film has a worldwide take of $333.9 million.

A re-release of 1993’s The Nightmare Before Christmas took fourth place with $1.3 million, followed by another holiday-themed re-release Hocus Pocus, with $756,000.

Box office receipts remain off with movie theaters in New York and Los Angeles County still closed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

There was a bit of good news this weekend for the movie business. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Saturday that theaters in the state — just not in New York City — can reopen on Oct. 23.

“Theaters must open at 25 percent capacity; no more than 50 people in front of each movie screen,” Cuomo’s office said in a press release. Cinemas in the state have been closed since March.

Check out the box office chart below courtesy of Comscore.

Box Office Chart for October 18, 2020. (Credit: Comscore)