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October 16, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Most films failed to fulfill their studios’ predictions for Sunday box-office business, bringing down their overall weekend estimates. Twentieth Century Fox’s Taken 2 remained in first place for the second week in a row, but with $21.87 million, instead of the estimated $22.5 million. In its debut, Warner Bros.’ Argo was close behind with $19.46 million, edging out the opening of Sinister with $18.01 million. Sinister, however, produced the highest per-theater average of any film in wide release ($7,126). Overall, the box office was up a whopping 57 percent above the comparable weekend a year ago, when the second week of Disney’s Real Steel led with $16.29 million. It marked the third straight “up” week for the box office after a dismal September.

The top ten films over the weekend, according to final figures compiled by Box Office Mojo (figures in parentheses represent total gross to date):

1. Taken 2, Fox, $21,873,127, 2 Wks. ($86,131,979); 2. Argo, Warner Bros., $19,458,109, (New); 3. Sinister, Summit, $18,007,634, (New); 4. Hotel Transylvania, Sony, $17,241,317, 3 Wks. ($102,133,934); 5. Here Comes the Boom, Sony, $11,816,596, (New); 6. Pitch Perfect, Universal, $9,266,940, 3 Wks. ($36,015,403); 7. Frankenweenie, Disney, $7,054,334, 2 Wks. ($22,075,002); 8. Looper, Sony, $6,201,665, 3 Wks. ($51,344,090); 9. Seven Psychopaths, CBS Films, $4,174,915, (New); 10. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Summit, $2,150,064, 4 Wks. ($6,135,509).