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Wreck-It Ralph

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Disney Animation and its newest leading man, Ralph, wrecked the box office this weekend. The video game-themed animated feature, "Wreck-It Ralph," took the weekend with a $49.1 million gross and handedly won the weekend box office.

The rest of the top three performed strongly, however. The adult fare for the weekend, "Flight" and "Argo," both performed respectably. The former, starring Denzel Washington in a buzz-worthy performance, opened in second place with $25 million. Ben Affleck's third directorial effort continued to bring in audiences, adding $10.2 million to its now $75.9 million total.

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Skyfall

We still have a week until "Skyfall" opens on US shores, but the newest Bond film is already breaking records overseas.

The Sam Mendes-directed flick has managed to overtake the opening week record in the UK that was previously set by "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 2." That film made $57.6 million in the seven days after its debut, while "Skyfall" has managed to rake in $59.9 million.

The fact that "Skyfall" has managed to trump Britain's other beloved film franchise should be proof that this movie is as great as we've been hearing it is. "Skyfall" currently has a 95 percent positive score on Rotten Tomatoes, and critics have said it's one of the best of the 007 series.

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Cloud Atlas

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Four new films, including the star-packed "Cloud Atlas," couldn't withstand the positive buzz around Ben Affleck and his newest film "Argo." After two weekends in second place, the international thriller clinched the top spot at the box office with a modest $12.4 million, adding to a now $60.8 million total.

"Cloud Atlas," the ambitious film from the Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer, disappointed with a $9.4 million take, only good enough for a third place finish, behind the persistent "Hotel Transylvania," which added $9.5 million to its impressive $130.4 million total.

The two other debuts, "Fun Size" and "Chasing Mavericks," fell completely flat. The Victoria Justice vehicle managed to pull in just over $4 million, and the Gerard Butler surfing movie managed just over $2 million.

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Paranormal

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Most of the activity at the box office this weekend was strictly of the paranormal variety. "Paranormal Activity 4," the yearly, automatic profit-turner, won out the weekend, taking in $30.2 million in its big debut weekend.

While this was the lowest opening for a "Paranormal Activity" since the first micro-budget phenomenon, a budget of roughly $5 million makes "Paranormal 4" an easy success story.

Ben Affleck's "Argo" managed to perform well in week two, adding $16.6 million to its total, which sits currently at $43.2 million.

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Taken

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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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Taken 2

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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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Taken 2

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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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Hotel

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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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End of Watch

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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Expendables

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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