Liam Neeson's 'Taken 2' Storms Box Office With Record-Breaking October Opening

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While the 'Taken' sequel scores the biggest ever October debut for a PG-13 film, Tim Burton's 'Frankenweenie' has a sluggish opening despite the fact that it receives glowing reviews.

Liam Neeson's actioner "Taken 2" has a strong debut on North American box office in the beginning of October. The sequel to 2009's "Taken" takes in $49.5 million, marking the best ever October opening for a PG-13 film and the third biggest October debut overall behind 2011's "Paranormal Activity 3" ($52.6 million) and 2010's "Jackass 3D" ($50.4 million).

"Taken 2" also performs well at the midnight screening by taking $1.5 million during the Thursday late-night show, marking the biggest midnight gross since the Aurora tragedy last July. Receiving a "B+" CinemaScore, the actioner attracts to mostly male audience who make up 52% of the ticket buyers.

Commenting on the strong performance of the Olivier Megaton-directed movie, 20th Century Fox president of domestic distribution Chris Aronson gushes, "People love Liam and identify with this character and his drive to protect his family at all costs."

Last week's chart-topper "Hotel Transylvania" drops to the runner up spot with $27 million for a total domestic gross of $76 million in its second week. Female-fueled musical comedy "Pitch Perfect" places third with $14.8 million for a total cume of $21.6 million after it was expanded nationwide on its second weekend.

"We're very happy with the film's performance," says Universal Pictures' president of domestic distribution Nikki Rocco of "Pitch Perfect", which receives a sizzling "A" CinemaScore from the audience. "We had great momentum going into the weekend, and we are on the road to profitability."

Securing the fourth place is Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis' mind-bending sci-fier "Looper". The time travel movie rakes in $12.1 million for a total domestic cume of $40.3 million in its second week.

Meanwhile, Tim Burton's latest stop-motion film "Frankenweenie" doesn't perform as expected on its debut weekend despite its glowing reviews from critics. Rounding up the top five, the black-and-white flick bags only $11.4 million, which is below Walt Disney Pictures' $15 to $20 million prediction. "Because of the stop-motion and the black and white, the casual moviegoer might need permission to see this film," Disney executive vp distribution Dave Hollis explains.

Top Ten Movies at Box Office for October 5-7:

  1. "Taken 2" - $49.5 million
  2. "Hotel Transylvania" - $27 million
  3. "Pitch Perfect" - $14.8 million
  4. "Looper" - $12.1 million
  5. "Frankenweenie" - $11.4 million
  6. "End of Watch" - $4 million
  7. "Trouble with the Curve" - $3.8 million
  8. "House at the End of the Street" - $3.7 million
  9. "The Master" - $1.8 million
  10. "Finding Nemo" 3D - $1.6 million




    Oct 07, 2012

    "Taken" originally was based on a fraud named William Hillar. The entire premise of 'sex trafficking' as an international crisis is also a fraud. Are there victims of human trafficking? Of course- and the majority of them are forced into labor that has nothing to do with sex. Unfortunately for THOSE victims, rescuing domestic servants and garment manufacturing slaves is not nearly as sexy nor does it stir the passions like 'rescuing those poor sex slaves...' when will America and the rest of the world grow up? Sex work and sex trafficking ARE NOT THE SAME... and the majority of sex WORKERS are not victims of anything except the ignorance and stupidity of those who perpetuate the myth that 'all prostitutes are victims of human trafficking.' Liam Neelson- shame on you for continuing the fraud started by fraudster William Hillar! Make a movie about the harm that is done to sex workers by law enforcement agents who rape and extort us for sexual favors- not just around the world (as happens everywhere) but here at home- in the USA where an underage prostitute is more likely to be 'bought' by a cop than any other type of client. Just ask the Ohio State Attorney General! That's what his report found- and unfortunately that's what sex workers know.

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