Civil rights drama “Selma” settled for second place at the weekend box office with $11.2 million, with Liam Neeson’s “Taken 3” trouncing the competition.
Oscar hopeful, “Selma,” expanded from 22 to 2,179 theaters this weekend. The film, distributed by Paramount Pictures, has earned $13.5 million since its limited opening on Christmas Day. The film has recently sparked controversy after President Lyndon B. Johnson historians decried his portrayal in the movie.
“Selma” is expected to nab Oscar buzz when the nominations are announced on Thursday.
Liam Neeson didn’t disappoint in his return to the silver screen. “Taken 3” grossed $40.4 million, ending “The Hobbit’s” three-week run in the No. 1 spot.