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Liam Neeson's Highest-Grossing Movie Might Surprise You

A screen presence so legendary that Key & Peele had to express their love for "Liam Neesons" in one famous sketch, actor Liam Neeson has lent his steely gravitas and charisma to cinema for four decades now since debuting in 1981's Arthurian epic "Excalibur." He received critical acclaim for his leading role as the unexpectedly heroic Oskar Schindler in "Schindler's List." before later wowing blockbuster audiences in "Star Wars: Episode 1 — The Phantom Menace" and "Batman Begins." In 2008, Neeson found a niche as an action star while appearing in international thriller "Taken."

"Taken" was an unexpected box office hit, in part thanks to the actor's iconic, threatening delivery of one speech, and a slew of Liam Neeson action movies and more idiosyncratic films such as "Silence" have followed. Considering Neeson's filmography, which includes the likes of "Michael Collins" and "Battleship," it might surprise readers which movie is his biggest hit, as they may not even remember his appearance. This is the highest grossing film of Liam Neeson's career.

This hit Batman film only featured Neeson in a cameo

After his character died at the end of "Batman Begins," Liam Neeson made a small cameo appearance in "The Dark Knight Rises." His character is seen in footage from the first film and briefly as part of Bruce's hallucination. Nevertheless he's a credited name on the movie and so, with a total box office of $1.08 billion (via The Numbers), "The Dark Knight Rises" is officially his highest-grossing film. Similarly, he only made a voice cameo as Qui-Gon Jinn in "Star Wars: Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker," but it's still second in his box office ranking at $1.07 billion. The biggest film Liam Neeson officially starred in is still "Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace," which made $1.02 billion internationally.

After these three, the actor's two top-grossing films were "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe" at $720 million and the 2010 remake of "Clash of the Titans," which made $493 million.