“Taken 2” Tops the Weekend Box Office


0  Updated at 3:35 am, October 8th, 2012 By: ABC Digital
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20th Century Fox(NEW YORK) — Liam Neeson’s Taken 2 took the number one spot at the box office this past weekend with an estimated $50 million in ticket sales.  That’s double the opening weekend of the first Taken back in 2009.

In the action flick, Neeson plays a retired CIA agent with a “very particular set of skills.”  In the sequel, Neeson’s character, Bryan Mills, and his ex-wife are kidnapped by a crime lord seeking revenge for Mills’ killings in the first movie.

The animated hit, Hotel Transylvania, featuring Adam Sandler as the voice of Dracula, landed in second place with $26.3 million in estimated earnings.

Pitch Perfect, which expanded into wider release, was third with $14.7 million in ticket sales. The film stars Anna Kendrick as a college student who reluctantly joins a diverse singing group that’s involved in a music competition.

The weekend’s other new release, Tim Burton’s animated Frankenweenie, debuted in fifth place with $11.5 million.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated ticket sales, according to Hollywood.com:

1. Taken 2, $50 million
2. Hotel Transylvania, $26.3 million
3. Pitch Perfect, $14.7 million
4. Looper, $12.2 million
5. Frankenweenie, $11.5 million
6. End of Watch, $4 million
7. Trouble with the Curve, $3.9 million
8. House at the End of the Street, $3.7 million
9. The Master, $1.8 million
10. Finding Nemo, $1.6 million

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