‘The Marksman’: Liam Neeson Action Pic Sets Sights On MLK Weekend

Anthony D'Alessandro
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EXCLUSIVE, UPDATED: Open Road will now open their Liam Neeson feature The Marksman on Jan. 15 2021 capitalizing on the MLK four-day holiday weekend. The marketplace has opened up with New Line’s Mortal Kombat and Universal/Film Nation’s The 355 moving off the date and those exhibitors weathering the pandemic are grateful for the product.

Unlike other studios which are crushing the window on exhibition at a time when they’re down, Open Road is respecting it. Their previous Neeson thriller Honest Thief was No. 1 in the U.S. for two consecutive weeks this past October, now up to $14M domestic, $29M WW. Open Road’s first No. 1 hit was Neeson’s The Grey in January 2012. In The Marksman, with vicious drug cartel assassins on their heels, a hardened border town rancher (Liam Neeson) helps a young boy escape to safety across America.

A new poster just dropped which you can see to the right.

EXCLUSIVE, PREVIOUS Dec. 3: Open Road Films has another Liam Neeson action movie, The Marksman, and they’ll be going wide with the pic on Jan. 22, 2021.

Directed by Robert Lorenz, Neeson plays Jim in The Marksman, a hardened rancher in an Arizona border town who helps a young boy escape across America while being chased by the leaders of a Mexican drug cartel. The film was produced by Lorenz along with Tai Duncan, Warren Goz, Eric Gold and Mark Williams.

Open Road’s Tom Ortenberg said “In addition to being one of the biggest movie stars in the world, Liam Neeson has been a good luck charm for Open Road. Our first #1 film was the Liam starrer The Grey, and almost nine years later, Liam headlined Honest Thief, which spent 2 weeks as the #1 movie in America this October. We expect similar success with The Marksman, a terrific film by Robert Lorenz, that combines the action we expect from Liam along with a deeply-drawn character study of the human condition.”

Voltage Pictures is handling international sales for The Marksman, which was fully financed by Raven Capital Management. Raven acquired Open Road Films in 2018.

Honest Thief continued to play over the Thanksgiving weekend, and has grossed to date $13.6M domestic, $27.5M WW.

Marksman will open up against Lionsgate’s YA sci-fi movie Chaos Walking on Jan. 22.

Check out the trailer below:

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