Box Office: Ben Affleck Can’t Overtake Liam Neeson, Argo Taken 2 Still #1

Argo (2012) Movie PosterLiam Neeson’s “Taken 2” has claimed Top Dog at the box office for the second straight week, once again proving that Americans just love a good ol fashion revenge flick. Now you understand why Luc Besson and his American go-to writer Robert Mark Kamen are already busy trying to hash out a third movie in the series. This has the makings of the biggest pay day for Liam Neeson yet, and he already (according to reports) made a cool $10 million for “Taken 2”. CHA-CHING! indeed.

“Taken 2” cut it pretty close in its second week, though, but still managed to overtake Ben Affleck’s critically acclaimed drama “Argo”, which opened in second place with a studio estimated $20 million. It came $2 million short of taking over the #1 spot from “Taken 2”, which added another $22.5 million to its coffers, giving it $86 million so far in two weeks of release, and a whopping $161 million worldwide, $75 million of that coming from overseas markets. As it turns out, Americans aren’t the only ones who love a good ol fashion revenge flick after all.

Besides “Argo”, “Taken 2” had to fend off a flurry of studio newcomers, including the low-budget horror movie “Sinister”. The Ethan Hawke-fronted film opened in third place with an impressive $18 million. Like most (not really) “low budget” horror movies these days, “Sinister” boasts a tiny production budget ($3 million) but a huge promotional purse. The effective (though eventually kind of silly) horror movie did very well indeed, so don’t be surprise if you see a “Sinister 2” next Halloween or thereabouts. I predict one of my fellow movie sites to “hear exclusively” that “Sinister 2” is being developed within the next week or two.

Other studio newcomers include the Kevin James MMA comedy “Here Comes the Boom”, which didn’t exactly make much of a boom, opening in fifth place with $12 million. James lost out on the fourth spot to holdover “Hotel Transvylania”, which dropped from #2 to #4 in its third week. The film, featuring the voices of Adam Samberg and James’ buddy Adam Sandler, has made $102 million so far and $151 million worldwide.

Meanwhile, CBS Films’ positively reviewed (including by our own Brent McKnight) “Seven Psychopaths” opened in 9th place with $4 million, while the indie sequel “Atlas Shrugged: Part II” opened out of the Top 10 at #11 with $1.7 million. I guess moveigoers, ahem, shrugged at the idea of watching “Atlas Shrugged: Part II”.

Salma Hayek and Kevin James in Here Comes the Boom (2012) Movie Image

“Beaten by Hotel Transvylania? Damn you, Sandler!!!”

Via : Box Office Mojo