Taken 2 Swipes US Box-Office Crown

Frankenweenie stumbles into fifth

Swarthy international sex slavers know you shouldn’t mess with Liam Neeson’s Bryan Mills, and now the US box office has learned that lesson, as Taken 2 punched out the competition. The action thriller overcame some toxic word of mouth to earn an impressive $50 million, launching it at the top of the charts.

The Taken sequel’s success meant Hotel Transylvania was down to second place, earning $26.3 million. Singing comedy P**itch Perfect expanded its screen count and jumped up the charts from sixth to third with $14.7 million this week, while Looper** dropped a couple of places to fourth and $12.2 million.

But Tim Burton’s latest stop-motion outing, Frankenweenie seemingly struggled to electrify audiences despite a wealth of positive reviews. The revived dog horror comedy could only muster $11.5 million in fifth despite showing on 3,005 screens.

Sixth was End Of Watch, which made $4 million, ahead of
Trouble With The Curve in seventh, taking $3.8 million. Eighth place went to H**ouse At The End Of The Street, which earned $3.6 million, while The Master stayed at ninth with $1.8 million. Finally, Finding Nemo**’s 3D re-release earned $1.5 million, bringing its total to $38.9 million.

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