TAKEN 2 TAKES FIRST PLACE AT BOX OFFICE WITH $50M
Demonstrating once again that reviews and box office have little in common, Taken 2, which was clobbered by most critics, wound up with around $50 million, making it the third-highest October money maker in history, behind Paranormal Activity 3 ($52.6 million) and Jackass 3-D ($50.4 million) — neither of which charmed critics, either. At the same time, the animated monster-movie Frankenweenie, which some critics hailed as a classic, fell victim to another animated monster movie, Hotel Transylvania. The former came in well below forecasts with just $11.5 million to place fifth, while the latter dipped a modest 38 percent in its second week to place second with an estimated $26.3 million. Pitch Perfect, which had a solid debut in limited release a week ago, came in third with a not-bad $14.7 million. Musicals rarely perform well at the box office these days, and, with last week’s take, Pitch Perfect has now earned $21.5 million and appears certain to outperform most other films of its genre. Moreover, with a rare A+ rating from moviegoers, it is likely to hang on for several weeks more by virtue of strong word-of-mouth. Slipping to fourth place, Looper brought in around $12.2 million, bringing its 10-day total to about $40.1 million.
The top ten films for the weekend, according to studio estimates compiled by Box Office Mojo:
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, $1.6 million.
Final Figures for the Top Five Films
1. Taken 2, $49,514,769
2. Hotel Transylvania, $27,053,395
3. Pitch Perfect, $14,846,830
4. Looper, $12,116,001
5. Frankenweenie, $11,412,213