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.
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: