Movie-Goers Are Taken with Mature Hollywood Stars

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"Taken 2," a kidnapping movie starring aged Hollywood star Liam Neeson, shows that the market for new films is not driven only by films that feature young actors, vampires or animated characters. "Taken 2" raked in $22.5 million, which took its domestic total to $86.8 million. The movie bested Ben Affleck's "Argo" at $20.1 million and Ethan Hawke's "Sinister," which only sold $18.3 million in tickets.

The news bodes well for several movies that will be released over the next few weeks. In the lead among these is the new Denzel Washington movie "Flight," in which the "well over 50 year old" star plays a pilot with substance abuse problem who miraculously lands a crippled plane.

Add Neeson and Washington to stars such as Meryl Streep, Jack Nicholson and Alec Baldwin who can carry a film at the box office just as well as actors under 40.

Douglas A. McIntyre

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