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Box Office: Liam Neeson climbs to No. 1 again with 'The Grey'

January 30, 2012 |  1:40 pm

The Grey was the No 1 movie at the box office over the weekend
The year got off to a good start for Hollywood, as ticket sales were up every weekend in January compared to the same month in 2011.

Three new films opened at the multiplex this weekend, but it was the Liam Neeson action film "The Grey" that won out with around $20 million. Katherine Heigl's latest comedy thriller "One for the Money" took the runner-up spot with roughly $12 million, while the ensemble cop flick "Man on a Ledge" came in with an underwhelming sum of around $8 million.

As a result of the new openings, ticket sales were up roughly 15% this weekend compared with the same period last year. Overall, receipts have increased about 12% already in 2012 -- welcome news for the movie business, which saw box office decline last year.

For more on the weekend's hits and misses, check out this week's box office video report.


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Photo: Liam Neeson stars in "The Grey." Credit: Open Road Films