Taken 2 Still Top Of US Box Office

Argo finds second

Liam Neeson’s Bryan Mills once again proved that he is not to be messed with this weekend at the US box office, as Taken 2 put a throttle hold on the top spot and refused to let go.

Neeson’s sequel squeezed $22.5 million out of American cinemagoers, which meant that Ben Affleck’s latest directing / starring gig, Argo, had to settle for second. Still, healthy word of mouth and even Oscar talk meant that Affleck’s drama made $20.1 million. Third place went to found footage horror Sinister, which started Halloween early with $18.2 million.

Real terror shoved cartoon beasts down a couple of places, as Hotel Transylvania fell to fourth with $17.3 million. But we’re left with the odd result that ‘toon Kevin James (he’s Frankie in the film) beat the real Kevin James, as his latest Sandler-produced effort, MMA comedy Here Comes The Boom, could only manage a fifth-place launch and $12 million.

Surprisingly smart a capella comedy Pitch Perfect slipped to sixth with $9.3 million, while Frankenweenie was seventh with $7 million. At eighth we find Looper, which took in $6.3 million (wonder if Rian Johnson gets some of that paid in silver bars?) and Seven Psychopaths had a slightly disappointing kick-off in ninth with $4.2 million. Finally at 10th we find The Perks Of Being A Wallflower, which snuck into the top 10 thanks to expanding its screen count, earning $2.1 million for $6.1 million to date.

To drive a taxi through the charts and save American embassy workers, head to Box Office Mojo.