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Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: October 7, 2012

Liam Neeson used his particular set of skills to dominate this week's box office handily, while Tim Burton couldn't entice moviegoing families with his passion project.

Unsurprisingly Taken 2 (read our review) comes in at number 1 this week, but what is quite shocking is the film's $50 million opening weekend. While most analysts figured Liam Neeson's sequel would capture the weekend, very few could have predicted it would double the first Taken's opening ($24 million). Though Neeson has come out to acknowledge a third film is unlikely, this monster opening weekend will surely have Fox trying to figure out some way to bring Bryan Mills back, and more importantly finding a new family member for him to rescue.

Sony's animated film Hotel Transylvania comes in at number 2 with a respectable $26 million for its second weekend. Dropping only 31%, the Adam Sandler-voiced film is now up to $76 million to-date, but is still under its $85 million budget.

Universal's Pitch Perfect – which opened wide this weekend – made the leap into the number 3 spot with $14 million. Mostly positive reviews and a unique premise have helped the film to a $21 million total gross off a $17 million budget.

Last weekend's other big Sony opening, Looper, fell to the number 4 spot with $12.2 million. The Rian Johnson-directed, sci-fi film has fostered many a debate over its version of time travel (join our Spoilers Discussion to share your thoughts), and is now over $40 million to-date.

This weekend's other big opening, Frankenweenie (read our review), rounds out the top 5 with a mediocre $11.5 million. A stop-motion animation adaptation of Tim Burton's own short film, this marks a less-than-stellar debut for the director. While 3D presumably helped the film make it into the top 5, its genre-heavy focus and black-and-white color palette may have been off-putting to some families.

Jake Gynllenhaal's End of Watch comes in at number 6 with $4 million. The critically acclaimed cop drama is now up to $32 million in total grosses operating off a $7 million budget.

Clint Eastwood's Trouble with the Curve (true to form) is right behind End of Watch with $3.8 million. The Eastwood fan base has helped the film bank $29 million to-date, but its domestic gross is still a far stretch from his more recent outings.

At number 8 is House at the End of the Street with $3.6 million. Like End of Watch, HATES was operating off a modest budget ($10 million), and is now up to $27 million in total grosses.

Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master is once again at number 9 with $1.8 million. On only 864 screens that's not bad for the award show-bound film, but its $12 million to-date keeps it on pace to be PT Anderson's weakest performing film in terms of overall domestic gross.

Disney/Pixar's 3D re-release of Finding Nemo rounds out the top 10 with $1.55 million. Considering two newer animated films were out in theaters we're surprised to see Nemo still in the top 10. This re-release is now up to $38 million in total grosses.

It's also important to note that The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Resident Evil: Retribution, and Won't Back Down also posted $1 million+ weekends, and could presumably steal Nemo's number 10 spot when official numbers come in. For Perks, which is only playing on 221 screens, a $1 million third weekend means another strong per-screen average ($6,900) and $3 million in total grosses. But for Won't Back Down, which now is at $4 million to-date, the $1 million second weekend on many more screens adds a little sour note to Fox's big weekend.

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Source: Box Office Mojo

 

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