Box Office: 'Taken 2' has a monster $50 million weekend
Contrary to popular opinion, box office success is a marathon, not a sprint for most Hollywood movie studios. So, one week you can suffer one of the worst openings of the year and the next you can have one of the biggest non-summer openings of the year. Welcome to October for 20th Century Fox. Last weekend, "Won't Back Down" had a disastrous $2.6 million opening. This weekend, "Taken 2" exploded for a very impressive $50 million three-day cume.
"Taken 2" is the sequel to the January 2009 surprise hit that grossed a shocking $145 million domestically. Critics were actually less kind to "Taken 2" than the original, but audiences didn't seem to care. The tease of watching Liam Neeson go after the bad guys once more was just too tempting. It will be interesting to see if the thriller can match its predecessor's domestic gross or if it falls off quickly.
Dropping to second place was Sony Pictures Animation's unexpected blockbuster, "Hotel Transylvania." The Adam Sandler-voiced animated comedy pulled in another $26.3 million for fantastic $75.9 million in just 10 days.
Jumping to 2,770 theaters in third was Universal Pictures' "Pitch Perfect." The Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson comedy had a fantastic debut last week making $5.1 million on just 335 screens for an amazing $15,371 per screen. Unfortunately, the expansion over this weekend wasn't as potent. "Perfect" grossed just $14.7 million over the three-day. Universal will hope that word of mouth will continue to fuel interest, but it's hard to see "Perfect" turning into the sleeper hit many thought it might be. "Perfect" has grossed $21.6 million to date.
"Looper" dropped to fourth place with another $12.2 million and $40 million to date. The acclaimed Rian Johnson Sci-Fi thriller should eventually end up with a satisfying gross north of $60 million.
Making a disappointing debut in the fifth slot is Walt Disney Studio's "Frankenweenie." The Tim Burton-directed stop-motion animated film has earned strong reviews, but Disney clearly miscalculated on just how big the competing "Hotel Transylvania" would be. Fighting for the same demo, "Frankenweenie" found just $11.5 million. That's significant less than the $19.1 million "The Corpse Bride" grossed in its wide expansion in 2005 and it is also under the $14 million "ParaNorman" underachieved with in August. The latter has been able to find $54 million domestically though, so Disney and Burton will hope more families will take the time to discover the flick in the weeks to come.
New movies opening Friday include "Argo," "Sinister," "Seven Psychopaths" and "Here Comes the Boom."
Box office actuals are released on Monday.
1997 | Crime | RSummary: Quentin Tarantino adaptats an Elmore Leonard novel into this story of a few increasingly desperate people scraping to get by. It has deep soul, a wicked sense of humor, and Samuel L. Jackson, Robert De Niro, Pam Grier, and Robert Forster.Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster
2013 | Thriller | RSummary: Based on the true story of Daniel Lugo (Mark Wahlberg) a Miami bodybuilder who wants to live the American dream. He would like to have the money that other people have. So he enlists the help of fellow bodybuilder Adrian Doorbal (Anthony Mackie) and ex-convict, Christian bodybuilder Paul Doyle (D...Director: Michael Bay
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie, Tony Shalhoub
2013 | Drama | RSummary: Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill have boundless energy in the story of a real-life commodities crook who earned millions through scummy small-time stock trades.Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie
1993 | Sports | PGSummary: Emotionally powerful sports classic featuring Sean Astin as a skinny high school kid with big football dreams and the determination to make his way towards his dream team at Notre Dame.Director: David Anspaugh
Cast: Sean Astin, Jon Favreau, Ned Beatty
1996 | Crime | RSummary: Jerry, a small-town Minnesota car salesman is bursting at the seams with debt... but he's got a plan. He's going to hire two thugs to kidnap his wife in a scheme to collect a hefty ransom from his wealthy father-in-law. It's going to be a snap and nobody's going to get hurt... until people start ...Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Cast: William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare
2013 | Comedy | NRSummary: Insanely funny comedy show created by Amy Schumer, who stars in brilliantly funny sketches about sex, city living, dating, and friendship.Director: Daniel Powell, Amy Schumer (creators)
Cast: Amy Schumer, Kevin Kane, Mike Houston
2008 | Science Fiction | PGSummary: Animated series continues the story of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker as they battle the Emperor Palpatine, Count Dooku and General Grievous, but also takes time to explore other smaller characters in the Star Wars universe.Director: George Lucas (creator)
Cast: Tom Kane, Dee Bradley Baker, Matt Lanter
1995 | Mystery | NRSummary: Denzel Washington plays an out of work WWII vet who takes the wrong job and is soon neck-deep in a mess of politics, murder, and jazz in '40s Los Angeles.Director: Carl Franklin
Cast: Denzel Washington, Tom Sizemore, Jennifer Beals
2007 | Comedy | PGSummary: Newlyweds Nick (Ice Cube) and Suzanne (Long) decide to move to the suburbs to provide a better life for their two kids. But their idea of a dream home is disturbed by a contractor (McGinley) with a bizarre approach to business.Director: Steve Carr
Cast: John C. McGinley, Ice Cube, Nia Long, Aleisha Allen
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