LIAM NEESON has suffered his worst opening weekend at the U.S. box office since 2010.
Cold Pursuit was the third most popular film in United States and Canadian cinemas, making $10.8m (£8.4m) between Friday and Sunday, according to studio estimates.
Neeson next has a supporting role coming up in Men in Black: International, which opens June 14. The actor made worldwide headlines last week after he confessed in an interview to, many years ago, taking walking excursions while carrying a blunt weapon hoping to be attacked by a black man so he could "kill him" in revenge for a loved one's rape.
"People have to understand history", the U.S. film-maker said on The Andrew Marr Show on Sunday.
Cold Pursuit, in which Neeson plays a snowplough driver who takes revenge against the drug dealers he blames for his son's death, opens in the United Kingdom on 22 February.
The film is a remake of 2014 Norwegian film Kraftidioten (Prize Idiot), which was released in the United Kingdom as In Order of Disappearance.
The Lego Movie 2 was the overall victor at the U.S. box office this weekend, making an estimated $34.4m (£26.6m) in its first three days in cinemas. But its performance isn't all that different from the opening of his last action movie, 2018's The Commuter ($14 million) - though Cold Pursuit received far better reviews (it's now at 76 percent on Rotten Tomatoes) and so, one would think, would perform better.
Yet that was well below expectations for a film whose 2014 predecessor made $69m (£53.4m) when it opened in the United States and Canada. What Men Want was in second place and Cold Pursuit opened in third.