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Monday
Oct152012

"Taken 2" Tops Box Office Again with $22.5 Million

20th Century Fox(NEW YORK) -- Liam Neeson has taken the box office crown for the second week in a row.

His thriller, Taken 2, remains in first place after earning an estimated $22.5 million over the weekend.  It topped the Ben Affleck drama Argo, which premiered in the runner-up spot, with $20.1 million.

The new horror flick Sinister, starring Ethan Hawke, rounded out the top three, raising $18.3 million.

The Kevin James comedy Here Comes the Boom premiered in fifth place, with $12 million, and Seven Psychopaths bowed in ninth place, with $4.3 million.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated ticket sales:

1. Taken 2, $22.5 million
2. Argo, $20.1 million
3. Sinister, $18.3 million
4. Hotel Transylvania, $17.3 million
5. Here Comes the Boom, $12 million
6. Pitch Perfect, $9.3 million
7. Frankenweenie, $7 million
8. Looper, $6.3 million
9. Seven Psychopaths, $4.3 million
10. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, $2.2 million

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Monday
Oct082012

"Taken 2" Tops the Weekend Box Office

20th Century Fox(NEW YORK) -- Liam Neeson’s Taken 2 took the number one spot at the box office this past weekend with an estimated $50 million in ticket sales.  That’s double the opening weekend of the first Taken back in 2009.

In the action flick, Neeson plays a retired CIA agent with a "very particular set of skills."  In the sequel, Neeson’s character, Bryan Mills, and his ex-wife are kidnapped by a crime lord seeking revenge for Mills' killings in the first movie.

The animated hit, Hotel Transylvania, featuring Adam Sandler as the voice of Dracula, landed in second place with $26.3 million in estimated earnings.

Pitch Perfect, which expanded into wider release, was third with $14.7 million in ticket sales. The film stars Anna Kendrick as a college student who reluctantly joins a diverse singing group that’s involved in a music competition.

The weekend’s other new release, Tim Burton’s animated Frankenweenie, debuted in fifth place with $11.5 million.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated ticket sales, according to Hollywood.com:

1. Taken 2, $50 million
2. Hotel Transylvania, $26.3 million
3. Pitch Perfect, $14.7 million
4. Looper, $12.2 million
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

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Friday
Oct052012

"Taken 2," "Frankenweenie" Open Nationwide; "Pitch Perfect" Expands

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here's a look at the new movies opening nationwide Friday:

-- Taken 2: Liam Neeson is back as the man with the "very particular set of skills," retired CIA operative Bryan Mills.  This time, he and his ex-wife are kidnapped by a crime lord seeking revenge for Mills' killings in the first movie.  Maggie Grace and Famke Janssen also star.  Rated PG-13.  [Click here to read a review]

-- Frankenweenie: Tim Burton’s animated film revolves around a boy who brings his dog back to life.  His scientific achievement ends up bringing chaos to his town.  The voice cast for the film, which is screening in 3D, includes Winona Ryder, Martin Short, Martin Landau, Charlie Tahan and Catherine O'Hara.  Rated PG.

And expanding into wide release:

-- Pitch Perfect: Anna Kendrick is a college student who, after arriving at her new school, reluctantly joins a diverse singing group that’s involved in a music competition.  Brittany Snow, Anna Camp and Rebel Wilson also star.  Rated PG-13.

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Friday
Oct052012

Movie Review: "Taken 2"

20th Century Fox(NEW YORK) -- To quote Liam Neeson's now-famous line from Taken, Taken 2 has a particular set of skills.  And it’s no good at any of them.
 
Neeson is back in the sequel as former government super-agent Bryan Mills.  When we first met him four years ago in Taken, he went after a bunch of Albanians who kidnapped his daughter, drugged her and tried to sell her into slavery. It was an impressive, albeit quite unbelievable, display of action gaudiness that did well at the box office.
 
So, remember all those Albanians?  Remember how Bryan killed them?  Guess what?  They all have families, and those families aren't happy about what happened.  As it turns out, all of the dead guys were from the same village, and the father of one of them hatches a plot to exact revenge on Bryan, by kidnapping him while he’s doing some security work in Istanbul.
 
It's here that Taken 2 becomes a holey mess. And I do mean h-o-l-e-y, not h-o-l-y, because it's so full of holes.
 
The henchmen are given strict orders to capture Bryan alive so they can take him back to the village, where the families can enjoy the satisfaction of torturing him to death.  But in the very first car chase scene, they're aiming kill shots right at Bryan’s windshield.  Why aren’t they aiming at the car's tires?  They spent a lot of time and money planning and paying off various people around Istanbul to capture this guy, and now they're trying to kill him?
 
Then Bryan’s ex-wife (Famke Janssen) and daughter, Kim (Maggie Grace), surprise him in Istanbul.  The bad guys, though, act as if they knew the women were going to be there.  Huh?  Then consider that Kim doesn't yet have her driver's license -- in fact, the movie's opening features Bryan tracking Kim down at her boyfriend's house when she fails to show for a scheduled driving lesson.  Yet later in the film, Kim's able to drive a stick shift through the narrow Istanbul streets like Jimmie Johnson driving a modified Chevy through the desert.  The culmination of this car chase is one of the top five most ridiculous film scenes of the year.
 
Even so, plot holes in a mindless action film can be forgiven if the film's entertaining, but Taken 2 is barely that.  While the presentation is slick and the cast does exactly what they're asked, there's more entertainment value, and logic, in an episode of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.
 
One-and-a-half out of five stars.

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