It is extremely rare these days that a film’s sequel outperforms its processor, but that is exactly what Taken 2 did this weekend at the box office. When Liam Neeson became an action star in 2008 with Taken, the film banked $24 million when it premiered. Taken 2 debuted amongst a slew of competition and earned an astounding $50 million.
The biggest surprise was the lack of interest in Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie. His passion project only earned $11 million and landed in fifth place. It was another family film that landed in second place, last week’s box office champ, Hotel Transylvania. The Sony Pictures animated flick that stars Adam Sandler added another $26.3 million to bring its two week cumulative to $76 million.
Third place belonged to the singing sensation, Pitch Perfect. The film debuted nationwide and earned $14.7 million. Adding to its sales from a limited release last week and Pitch Perfect has banked $21.6 million total.
Fourth place saw the Joseph Gordon Levitt and Bruce Willis playing the same character sci-fi thriller Looper. In its second week of release, the Rian Johnson film took in $12.2 million. Its two week total is now $40.3 million.
Box office top 10:
1. Taken 2, $50 million
2. Hotel Transylvania, $26.3 million
3. Pitch Perfect, $14.7 million
4. Looper, $12.2 million
5. Frankenweenie, $11.5 million
6. End of Watch, $4 million
7. Trouble with the Curve, $3.9 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