Fox's Taken 2 grossed $2.51 million on Thursday to lead the daily box office for a seventh consecutive day. The action-thriller sequel starring Liam Neeson was down 10 percent from Wednesday's performance. In general, non-family fare experienced notable daily declines on Thursday, with competition from the Vice Presidential Debate having an effect on grosses. Taken 2 was easily the week's top film with a seven-day start of $64.26 million. The film is currently running 94 percent stronger than the $33.06 million seven-day start of 2009's Taken and 22 percent behind the $82.08 million seven-day start of 2008's Quantum of Solace.
Hotel Transylvania held steady in second place with $1.10 million. Sony's 3D computer animated film featuring the vocal talent of Adam Sandler increased 7 percent over Wednesday's performance. Unlike non-family fare, family fare in general experienced stronger daily holds on Thursday. Hotel Transylvania placed in second for the week with $35.23 million. That was down a slim 29 percent from last week's opening week performance and places the film's two-week total at a stronger than expected $84.89 million.
Universal's Pitch Perfect was up 7 percent and one spot over Wednesday to place in third on Thursday with $1.01 million. The modestly budgeted PG-13 comedy starring Anna Kendrick took third place for the week with a very solid $19.90 million. After an additional week of limited release, Pitch Perfect has now grossed $26.75 million during its first 14 days in theatres.
Looper was down 6 percent and one spot from Wednesday with a fourth place Thursday take of $0.93 million. The sci-fi action film starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis finished in fourth for the week with $17.04 million. Looper fell 39 percent from its opening week performance, which represented a solid second week hold given the direct competition it faced from Taken 2. The two-week total for Looper stands at $45.14 million.
Disney's Frankenweenie grossed $0.598 million to round out Thursday's top five. The Tim Burton directed 3D stop-motion film from Disney finished in fifth for the week with a softer than expected seven-day start of $15.02 million. Clearly, Frankenweenie has suffered from taking a backseat to Hotel Transylvania among family audiences.