Moviegoers are still “Taken” at the Box Office

The action sequel Taken 2 killed the competition, literally, this weekend with a giant $50 million opening. That blew past the already loft heights of the surprise hit from two years ago that re-christened Liam Neeson as an action star. The film also opened big internationally and should have a nice run in the weeks ahead…. Not opening well against it was Tim Burton’s well-reviewed animated film Frankenweenie which took in a lackluster $11.5 million for fifth place behind the animated hit Hotel Transylvania (which held up nicely), the wide expansion of the delightfully hilarious Pitch Perfect (which has now already made a profit), and the well-liked action film Looper. We’ll see if Frankenweenie can pull in the family audience in the weeks ahead as we lead up to Halloween, but I wouldn’t count on it…. In the meantime, take a look at the new top ten below and head to Box Office Mojo here for more info and numbers.

TW LW Title (click to view) Studio Weekend Gross % Change Theater Count / Change Average Total Gross Budget* Week #
1 N Taken 2 Fox $50,000,000 – 3,661 – $13,657 $50,000,000 $45 1
2 1 Hotel Transylvania Sony $26,300,000 -38.1% 3,352 +3 $7,846 $76,000,000 $85 2
3 6 Pitch Perfect Uni. $14,700,000 +185.5% 2,770 +2,435 $5,307 $21,600,000 $17 2
4 2 Looper TriS $12,200,000 -41.4% 2,993 +1 $4,076 $40,300,000 $30 2
5 N Frankenweenie BV $11,500,000 – 3,005 – $3,827 $11,500,000 $39 1
6 3 End of Watch ORF $4,000,000 -48.8% 2,370 -410 $1,688 $32,846,000 $7 3
7 4 Trouble with the Curve WB $3,870,000 -46.8% 3,003 -209 $1,289 $29,710,000 – 3
8 5 House at the End of The Street Rela. $3,698,000 -48.1% 2,720 -363 $1,360 $27,531,000 $10 3
9 9 The Master Wein. $1,840,000 -31.4% 864 +8 $2,130 $12,315,000 – 4
10 7 Finding Nemo (3D) BV $1,555,000 -61.5% 1,746 -893 $891 $38,969,000 – 4

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