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Box Office: 'Taken 2' Grabs $50M Debut

20th Century Fox sequel “Taken 2” takes the top spot at the box office, followed by Sony’s “Hotel Transylvania” and Universal musical comedy “Pitch Perfect.” Tim Burton’s “Frankenweenie” underperforms with a fifth-place opening.

Sequel Taken 2 dominated the North American box office this weekend with a record-breaking $50 million debut, more than double the original 2009 film. The action feature from 20th Century Fox and EuropaCorp also did well overseas, grossing $55 million for a worldwide opening of $105 million.

Sony holdover Hotel Transylvania remained strong in its second weekend, grossing $26.3 million for a domestic total of $76 million. The 3D animated feature, directed by Genndy Tartakovsky, grossed $13.1 million overseas, bringing the film's worldwide total to $105.3 million.

Universal musical comedy Pitch Perfect placed a solid number three at the domestic box office this weekend, earning $14.7 million as it expanded nationwide for a domestic total of $21.6million.

Looper, released by Sony's TriStar label in tandem with FilmDistrict and Endgame Entertainment, came in fourth place on its second weekend out, earning $12.2 million for a 10-day total of $40.3 million.

The news wasn't so good for Tim Burton’s 3D black-and-white, stop-motion-animated Frankenweenie, which only managed a fifth-place opening with $11.5 million. Disney, which produced the film for $39 million, believes word-of-mouth will be strong heading into the Halloween stretch, resulting in a steady flow of moviegoers. Frankenweenie did solid business in IMAX theaters, which accounted for $1.3 million in business domestically. The film begins rolling out overseas next weekend.

Open Road Films’ End of Watch came in sixth place, bringing in $4 million on its third weekend out for a total of $32.8 million.

In seventh place, Clint Eastwood'sbaseball drama, Trouble with the Curve, made $3.9 million for a total of $29.7 million.

Relativity Media’s horror film House at the End of the Street came in eighth place, earning $3.7 million for a total of $27.5 million.

Holding at ninth place, Paul Thomas Anderson'sThe Master brought in $1.8 million for a total of $12.3 million.

Rounding out the list at number 10, the 3D release of Pixar’s Finding Nemo brought Disney $1.5 million for a total of $39.9 million.

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Formerly Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network, Jennifer Wolfe has worked in the Media & Entertainment industry as a writer and PR professional since 2003.