LOS ANGELES, Oct. 18 (Xinhua) -- Open Road Films' action thriller "Honest Thief" sprinted to the top of North American box office with 3.7 million U.S. dollars from 2,425 theaters in its second weekend.
In combination with the film's ticket sales from Canada last week, "Honest Thief" has grossed 4.2 million dollars in North America to date, according to studio figures collected by measurement firm Comscore.
Directed by Mark Williams and starring Liam Neeson in the title role, the film follows a former bank robber who turns himself into authorities to start a new life after falling in love with a woman, only to be double-crossed by two ruthless FBI agents who want to devour his fortune.
"Honest Thief" holds an approval rating of 35 percent based on 40 reviews to date on review-aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes.
The box office of "Honest Thief" is among the lowest ever to take the top spot at North America. "The War with Grandpa," the 101 Studios' family comedy film, nabbed smallest No. 1 debut weekend in 32 years in North America with 3.6 million dollars last week.
Some major movie markets in the United States, including Los Angeles and New York, still remain closed amid the COVID-19 pandemic. It's a long-awaited news for the industry that movie theaters outside New York City will be allowed to reopen in New York State at 25 percent capacity under state guidance starting Oct. 23.
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