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Liam Neeson won the weekend with Taken 2 despite critics blasting it as being a terrible follow-up to the surprise hit.
Neeson’s second go-around as a man with “a particular set of talents” took in $50 million to easily win the weekend. It’s hovering around 20 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, but with a B+ CinemaScore – which indicates it should get good word-of-mouth – it probably will have a decent second weekend.
Hotel Transylvania had an excellent second weekend, dropping only 38.1 percent from its opening to bring in another $26.3 million. This brings its tally up to $76 million dollars domestic off of an $85 million dollar budget.
Coming in third was Pitch Perfect which went into wide release with $14.7 million. With $21.6 million in the bank of a $17 million dollar budget, it’s in good shape.
Looper fell 41.4 percent to fourth place with $12.2 million. Word of mouth has been good on this time travel flick, so not too surprised it held on well.
Rounding out the top five was newcomer Frankenweenie from Tim Burton. Burton hasn’t quite had his magical touch this year as evidenced by the performance of Dark Shadows, and his turn as producer on Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. This result isn’t going to help his defenders.
Next weekend’s big releases are the Ben Affleck directed Argo, Sinister and Here Comes the Boom.
Dredd 3D? As much as it pains me to say it, it lost 1,726 screens already and landed in 16th place with $625,000. That brings its domestic total to $12.6 million.