Benefiting from advance ticket sales, Fox’s “Son of God” has launched strongly with $1.2 million in Thursday night shows at North American theaters.

Universal’s Liam Neeson actioner “Non-Stop” also started respectably with $720,000 at 1,928 late night shows in North American theaters. By comparison, “The Grey” took in $150,000 at late-nights and “Olympus Has Fallen” grossed $500,000.

Forecasts have “Non-Stop” expected to gross around $25 million and Biblical drama “Son of God,” tracking in the $16 million to $19 million range.

“The Lego Movie” will also be a player after winning three straight weekends and should finish around $20 million for the weekend. Warner Bros. toon took in $1.26 million Thursday, its 21st day of release, for a domestic cume of $188.2 million.

“Son of God” has seen significant online ticket sales, according to both Fandango and Movietickets.com, with $4.5 million worth of advanced tickets.