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.
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).