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Liam Neeson and January Jones in a scene from the 2011 film Unknown. - Provided courtesy of Dark Castle Entertainment

Liam Neeson's 'Unknown' tops weekend box office

02/20/2011 by Kristina Lopez

Liam Neeson proves he's still a box office draw. The actor's thriller "Unknown," with Diane Kruger and January Jones, debuted in first place with $21.8 million, according to the Associated Press.

In the film, Neeson plays a doctor on a trip to Berlin who wakes up from a taxi crash to discover that another man is living his life and his wife (January Jones) doesn't recognize him. The police think he's crazy and assassins are on his tail. His only ally in unraveling the mystery is a taxi driver (Diane Kruger).

In the movie, Neeson believes he is fighting for his identity, an issue that has become very real with the advent of computers. The actor said he fears the computer after having his information stolen in the past.

"I Am Number Four" came in second place at the box office with $19.5 million. "I Am Number Four" stars Alex Pettyfer as an alien refugee on Earth who develops superpowers to battle the evil invaders that destroyed his planet. It was recently reported that the film's co-stars have split.

In a close third is the animated feature "Gnomeo & Juliet" with a $19.4 million haul for three days. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film is poised to kick "I Am Number Four" out of second place after the holiday weekend is over.

Meanwhile, the Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston romantic comedy "Just Go With It," comes in fourth place. The film made $18.2 million in its second week in release, raising its domestic sum to $60.8 million.

Rounding out the top five is the weekend's other new wide release is the Martin Lawrence's comedy "Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son " with $17 million.

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