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Liam Neeson’s second career as an action hero continues to be fruitful, as his Taken sequel proved to be an international box office success, despite the overwhelmingly negative reviews from critics. Tim Burton also returned with Frankenweenie, which proved to be his second disappointment of the year.
Taken 2 made $50.4 million at the domestic box office this weekend, giving it the best October debut for a PG-13 film, reports The Wrap. It was very close to topping Paranormal Activity 3’s $52.5 million opening in 2011. The R-rated horror film still has the best October debut ever.
Overseas, Fox opened the film in 50 markets and grossed $55 million, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The film’s worldwide total is already up to $105 million.
Taken 2 was savaged by critics, but audiences loved it, giving it a B+ CinemaScore grade.
Box Office Mojo reports that Hotel Transylvania grossed $26.3 million in its second weekend.
Pitch Perfect made $14.7 million at 2,770 locations, while Looper added another $12.2 million.
Burton’s Frankenweenie was the opposite of Taken 2, drawing good reviews but poor box office numbers. The Disney-released film only made $11.5 million. Clearly, releasing it right after Hotel Transylvania was a bad move. It also provided Burton with his second underperforming film of the year, following the disappointing Dark Shadows.