Liam Neeson’s ‘Taken 2’ Rakes In $50m On Opening Weekend To Sit Atop Box Office

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Liam Neeson’s Taken 2 has already proved itself to be more than the original’s equal by doubling its debut haul. The action film led the box office with $50 million domestically over opening weekend, according to studio estimates today.

That’s twice the haul for Taken, which took in $24.7 million in its U.S. debut in early 2009. Taken went on to become a $145 million smash for Neeson, 60, so it’s unsurprising that the sequel was so highly anticipated.

Hit: Liam Neeson Gives Hope To Ageing Men In His Latter Day Action Phase, Maybe They All Went To See Taken 2 This Weekend

In the new film, Neeson returns as a retired CIA agent using his expert espionage and killing skills to take on a gang of thugs out for revenge against him and his family.

Notwithstanding its Box Office success, Taken 2 has been destroyed by critics who label it a complete rehash, despite its original garnering respectable reviews.

This week’s box office Top Ten…

1. Taken 2, $50 million ($55 million international).

2. Hotel Transylvania, $26.3 million ($13.1 million international).

3. Pitch Perfect, $14.7 million ($480,000 international).

4. Looper, $12.2 million ($7.5 million international).

5. Frankenweenie, $11.5 million.

6. End of Watch, $4 million.

7. Trouble with the Curve, $3.9 million.

8. House at the End of the Street, $3.7 million.

9. The Master, $1.8 million.

10. Finding Nemo, $1.6 million ($600,000 international).

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