It was a huge weekend for Taken 2, as the action sequel easily bested the competition, including fellow newcomer Frankenweenie, with a $50 million box office debut. Although Liam Neeson has told journalists that this is the end of the Taken franchise, 20th Century Fox has kept the Die Hard sequel alive for over 20 years. Another Taken installment, especially since it’s a cash cow for the movie studio, isn’t entirely out of the question.
During a recent interview, Liam Neeson talked about working with his stunt double on Taken 2. (Click on the media bar below to hear Mr. Neeson).
Coming in a distant second was Hotel Transylvania, which managed a solid $26.3 million take in its second weekend. To date, the animated film has amassed over $76 million domestically. Thanks to good word of mouth, Pitch Perfect also had a strong showing with $14.7 million, as it surprisingly beat out the heralded science fiction/action feature Looper, which came in fourth with $12.2 million.
Director Tim Burton’s passion project Frankenweenie endured a miserable opening weekend, as it scared up just $11.5 million. With an estimated budget of $39 million, Frankenweenie will go down as one of this year’s biggest disappointments, along with Burton’s other 2012 misfire Dark Shadows (the Johnny Depp film, released over the summer, failed to break the $100 million domestic box office mark and was critically drubbed).
Rounding out the top ten are the police drama End of Watch (#6, $4 million), Trouble With the Curve (#7, $3.8 million), House at the End of the Street (#8, $3.7 million), The Master (#9, $1.8 million), and Finding Nemo 3D ($1.5 million).
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posted by Greg Srisavasdi (Twitter: @Gsrisavasdi)