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'Taken' Steals Box Office Top Slot From 'Paul Blart: Mall Cop'

February 02, 2009 05:16:15 GMT

After two weeks reigning at the North American box office, 'Paul Blart: Mall Cop' finally steps down from its throne when 'Taken' claims the number one spot over the Super Bowl weekend.


'Taken' Steals Box Office Top Slot From 'Paul Blart: Mall Cop'
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Debuted on Friday, January 30, 20th Century Fox kidnapping thriller "Taken" has shot up to the top of the North American box office chart. Seizing $24.7 million over the three-day weekend, the Pierre Morel-directed film has won over "Paul Blart: Mall Cop", which has dominated the box office for two weekends in a row.

"Taken" doesn't stop only at stealing "Paul Blart" #1 position since it has also secured itself as the second-biggest Super Bowl opening. The Liam Neeson-starring CIA thriller lands behind "Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour", which collected $31.1 million over 2008 Super Bowl weekend.

The Associated Press further reports that "Taken" has helped fuel the first $1 billion January in Hollywood history. "We are thrilled. It's an all-audience movie," comments 20th Century Fox distribution executive Bert Livingston on their film's success. "When people come out they are going to talk about it. I think it's going to play for a long time."

Slipping down to the second place is "Paul Blart: Mall Cop". Facing 35.8% decrease in sales over the weekend, the comedy film from Kevin James grosses $13.9 million to the total of $83.2 million. "Mall Cop" is closely followed by another thriller, "The Uninvited". Landing third place on the chart, the remake of 2003 Korean film rakes in $10.3 million.

The fourth and fifth positions go to "Hotel for Dogs" and "Gran Torino". While family comedy "Hotel for Dogs" manages to hold on to its position from last week with $8.6 million, Clint Eastwood's action drama "Gran Torino" falls down two slots, pulling in $8.2 million for the total earning of $110.2 million.

Top Ten Movies at Weekend Box Office for January 30 - February 1:

  1. "Taken" - $24.7 million
  2. "Paul Blart: Mall Cop" - $13.9 million
  3. "The Uninvited" - $10.3 million
  4. "Hotel for Dogs" - $8.6 million
  5. "Gran Torino" - $8.2 million
  6. "Slumdog Millionaire" - $7.6 million
  7. "Underworld: Rise of the Lycans" - $7.58 million
  8. "New in Town" - $6.7 million
  9. "My Bloody Valentine 3-D" - $4.5 million
  10. "Inkheart" - $3.7 million


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