In 2012 said sequel appeared and despite a lukewarm reception from critics and fans, it still made $376,141,306 worldwide; surpassing the original movie by a long way. Well if that made money then guess what? Yep, here comes number 3!
Apparently Liam Neeson was to pocket $20 million to return as Bryan Mills in this upcoming 3rd and (maybe) final story in the Taken series.
From the trailer released a few weeks ago, we all were surprised just how awesome part 3 is looking. It’s quite reminiscent of The Fugitive but that’s no bad thing and it gives the series a fresh feel.
Audiences respond well to Liam Neeson in action hero mode and something about Bryan Mills has really struck a chord too.
Third entries in a movie series can be difficult as sometimes franchise fatigue sets in and audiences lose interest (Expendables 3) but I think Taken 3 might just be the biggest movie of the series. The trailer looks incredibly bad ass with plenty of action and the fact that nobody actually gets taken is something very different.
It’s being released in January which is normally where films go to die but this can actually only help the film as it won’t have much in the way of competition. It’s pretty much the worst month of the year and people are looking for escapist entertainment.
I think it will probably make nearer $400 million worldwide and end the series on a high; so hit or miss? A definite hit.
Synopsis: Liam Neeson returns as ex-covert operative Bryan Mills, whose reconciliation with his ex-wife is tragically cut short when she is brutally murdered. Consumed with rage, and framed for the crime, he goes on the run to evade the relentless pursuit of the CIA, FBI and the police. For one last time, Mills must use his “particular set of skills,” to track down the real killers, exact his unique brand of justice, and protect the only thing that matters to him now – his daughter.
Taken 3 hits theaters on January 9, 2015