“Non-Stop” lived up to its name as the Liam Neeson thriller was the No. 1 movie of the week with an estimated $30,019,350.
“Son of God,” a big-screen drama culled from the History Channel’s “The Bible” series, with some new footage added, was second with $26,500,000.
Here are the full top 10 from Rentrak with final numbers on Monday as usual:
“Non-Stop” -- $30,019,350.
“Son of God” -- $26,500,000.
“The Lego Movie” – $21,015,000 bringing its North American gross to $209,325,084.
“The Monuments Men” -- $5,000,000, for $65,692,973 since release.
“3 Days to Kill” -- $4,900,00 for $20,700,883 so far.
“RoboCop” -- $4,500,000, bringing its gross to $51,211,444.
“Pompeii” -- $4,300,000.
“Frozen” -- $3,611,000, for $388,736,000 since Thanksgiving.
“About Last Night” -- $3,400,000, for $43,751,348 to date.
“Ride Along” -- $3,065,160, edging it running gross to $127,188,560.
Are you ready for the Academy Awards tonight? That's Rob Ashford, the ceremony's choreographer, pointing something out to Ewan McGregor in an EW image taken during preparations. Hmmm. What is Obi-Wan Kenobi up to? Harrison Ford also is among the folks shown in rehearsal.
As of Sunday morning, Major Kong has yet to ride the bomb and discussions prevail on Pittsburgh's nevertellmetheodds message board on such topics as "Best Places to Fart and Walk Away," "There is a buffet at the O today all day, 3/1/14" (unrelated) and "rare stick insect(s)."
In fact, threads like as "RIP SWEET NTMTO" and "How the Board Died 101" are beginning to slip to the bottom of the page, and a feeling of normalcy is setting in on a site that was set for extinction on March 1.
The administrator of NTMTO, which launched more than a decade ago as the Roboto board, posted on Wednesday afternoon that "starting March 1st" he was shutting down this "parade of frustration."
Within minutes, posters navigated the five stages -- denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance -- before settling right back into screwball comedy. It has, without question, been the funniest three days in the board's history, with a whipped cream topping of classic threads.
After an 11:59 p.m. Friday "boardmageddon" scare and an uneasy Saturday, NTMTO has come out the other side. Bands are even posting new show threads, as if life is normal.
As for the man behind the curtain, there's been nothing but a cool silence. Maybe he felt bad and changed his mind. Maybe he's enjoying a panic among peasants. Or maybe he has a real life and just forgot to hit the button. I'm hoping for the former.
(Another word of disclosure: I posted there for nine years, threw a hissy fit and "banned" myself last week, and now exist there as something of a ghost -- which will be hated on even for more this latest news update.)
If you plan to watch the Indie Spirit Awards tonight on TV and prefer to be surprised, look away.
“12 Years a Slave” was named best feature at the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards at Santa Monica Beach this afternoon. The full list of winners:
Best feature: “12 Years a Slave.”
Best director: Steve McQueen, “12 Years a Slave.”
Best male lead: Matthew McConaughey, “Dallas Buyers Club.”
Best female lead: Cate Blanchett, “Blue Jasmine.”
Best supporting male: Jared Leto, “Dallas Buyers Club.”
Best supporting female: Lupita Nyong’o, “12 Years a Slave.”
Best documentary: “20 Feet from Stardom.”
Best cinematography: Sean Bobbitt, “12 Years a Slave.”
Best screenplay: John Ridley, “12 Years a Slave.”
Best editing: Nat Sanders, “Short Term 12.”
Best international film: “Blue Is the Warmest Color,” France.
Best first feature: “Fruitvale Station,” award to director Ryan Coogler, producers Nina Yang Bongiovi, Forest Whitaker.
Best first screenplay: Bob Nelson, “Nebraska.”
Robert Altman Award: “Mud,” given to director, casting director and ensemble cast.
17th annual Piaget Producers Award: Toby Halbrooks and James M. Johnston.
John Cassavetes Award: “This Is Martin Bonner.”
20th annual Someone to Watch Award: Shaka King, director of “Newlyweeds.”
19th annual Stella Artois Truer Than Fiction Award: Jason Osder, director of “Let the Fire Burn.”
Lupita Nyong’o with her mother, Dorothy, arriving at the awards. Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP.