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Liam Neeson once again used his specific set of skills on audiences this past weekend, once again taking the box office with "Taken 2." The sequel added $22.5 million to its total, breaking that sum to $86.8 million.
Two of the weekend's debuts, "Argo" and "Sinister," still managed to perform strongly despite opposition from Neeson and "Taken 2." Ben Affleck's hostage thriller, came in a relatively close second with $20.1 million, while Ethan Hawke's horror movie collected $18.2 million in its opening weekend.
Kevin James' MMA film, "Here Comes The Boom," underwhelmed with $12 million
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Apparently, it was your money that was taken this weekend at the box office. The sequel to 2009's surprise hit, "Taken 2" opened to an impressive $50 million debut. That's more than double what the original did in its first weekend and the biggest bow in Liam Neeson's latest string of "retired badass" movies.
Adam Sandler's "Hotel Transylvania" managed to hold on, coming in at the number two spot and adding $26.3 to its total, which now sits at $76 million.
"Pitch Perfect" expanded from its more limited release to 2,770 theaters and reaped the benefits. It grossed $14.7 million and landed at number three.
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The box office may get some more relief this weekend, after a brutal August and September left the many seat empty. Last weekend's uptick from "Hotel Transylvania" should continue this weekend with the premieres of "Taken 2," "Frankenweenie," and the expansion of "Pitch Perfect."
MTV News spoke with several box office experts, who predicted another strong weekend at the theaters.
""The take from the top ten for this coming weekend along, depending on how big 'Taken 2' is, may well be around $113 million," said IMDb's Keith Simanton, who predicted "Taken 2" will take the top spot, with "Hotel" coming in second.
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Even in a disappointing time of the year for the box office, one tried and true rule remains intact: Adam Sandler knows how to bring people out to the theater.
His new computer animated comedy, "Hotel Transylvania," broke September records, taking in $43 million in its debut week. That's the highest debut ever for the month, a record previously held by Reese Witherspoon and her 2002 rom-com, "Sweet Home Alabama."
Rian Johnson's "Looper" opened with a respectable $21.2 million off of a $30 million budget, a modest sum for a sci-fi thriller. The film also received a nice boost from a simultaneous open in China, the country that co-produced "Looper."
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This time of the year, the awkward limbo between summer blockbusters and fall award bait, is always particularly slow at the box office with winners taking in significantly less than usual, but this past weekend still managed to confound most analysts.
No clear winner emerged from the pack of three new films at the top of the box office, "End of Watch," "House at the End of the Street," "Trouble with the Curve." By the end of the weekend, "End of Watch" and "House at the End of the Street" pulled ahead in a slight lead over "Trouble with the Curve," but both films ended up with approximately $13 million.
The other newcomer, "Dredd 3D," opened in a disappointing sixth place, taking in $6.3 million.
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It's difficult to say that anyone "won" the box office this weekend. Saturday and Sunday was a typical, late-August dead zone for new releases, all of which fell short of the sums put up by last week's debuts.
"The Expendables 2" added $13.5 million to its total, which now sits at $52.3 million, significantly below where it's predecessor was after its second weekend.
"The Bourne Legacy," "ParaNorman," "The Campaign," and "The Dark Knight Rises" rounded up out the top ten.
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This past weekend, a bunch of action legends took on a newcomer, and experience won handedly. "The Expendables 2" took out last weekend's champion, "The Bourne Legacy," in a total knockout. The Sylvester Stallone-led action all-star meet-up took in $28.7 million, significantly below the original, which bowed with a $34.8 million debut back in 2010.
"The Bourne Legacy" continued to perform moderately well, adding $17 million to its two week total, which now sits at just under $70 million.
The rest of the weekend's new films were interspersed throughout the top ten, alternating with older releases. "ParaNorman" debuted in third with $14 million, and "Sparkle," Whitney Houston's final film, opened to $12 million, taking fifth place.
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The reign of "The Dark Knight Rises" as the box office champion has come to an end. After three weeks of untouchable supremacy, it was "The Bourne Legacy" that put a stop to the winning streak.
The spy reboot took in just over $40 million, according to BoxOfficeMojo.com, near where the "Bourne" series performed during opening weekends for the first two films. The "Legacy" total fell far below the last entry's bow, however. "The Bourne Ultimatum" opened to $69 million back in 2007, when Matt Damon was still the series lead.
The political satire, "The Campain," starring Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis took in a respectable $27.4 million.
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The remake of "Total Recall" may have forgotten who the reigning box office champion is when it decided to challenge "The Dark Knight Rises" in its third weekend. Christopher Nolan's trilogy finale easily handled the cerebral competition from Len Wiseman's revamping of the Schwarzenegger cult classic.
"Total Recall" only took in $26 million in its opening weekend, just $500,000 than the original bowed to back in 1990.
FROM MTV NEWS: "You sunk my Battleship!" is not a line you'll hear in Peter Berg's big-screen adaptation of the Hasbro board game ("They don't sink our battleship," he reasoned when MTV News recently brought up the topic), but perhaps it's a phrase Universal execs are shouting in the general direction of "The Avengers" this morning.
Earth's mightiest heroes once again stand tall at the top of the box office pile, smiling down on a domestic weekend tally worth $55.1 million and a worldwide total of $1.2 billion. As it stands, Marvel's superhero flick is the fourth highest-grossing film of all time, and is well on track to beat "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" for third place. Meanwhile, after raking in only $25.3 million in its debut, "Battleship" is left languishing in the water. On the bright side for the Universal action flick, the movie already made $226 million worldwide, softening the blow of an otherwise disappointing domestic debut.
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