‘Taken 2’ #1 on Columbus Day with $5.50 Million

on October 09, 2012 by Daniel Garris

Fox's Taken 2 led the way on Monday with $5.50 million. The action-thriller sequel starring Liam Neeson fell 55 percent from Sunday, as Monday's grosses in general received a bump from the Columbus Day holiday in the United States and the Thanksgiving holiday in Canada. Taken 2 surpassed the $50 million mark yesterday and has now grossed $55.02 million through four days of release. That places Taken 2 104 percent ahead of the $26.94 million four-day start of 2009's Taken and 23 percent behind the $71.66 million four-day start of 2008's Quantum of Solace.

Hotel Transylvania remained strong with a second place take of $4.66 million. Sony's 3D computer animated film featuring the vocal talent of Adam Sandler fell 47 percent from Sunday and was up 159 percent over last Monday. Hotel Transylvania has exceeded expectations with an eleven-day start of $81.37 million and is now just $18.63 million away from reaching the $100 million domestic milestone. The film is currently running 30 percent stronger than the $62.81 million eleven-day gross of 2009's Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.

Universal's Pitch Perfect placed in third with $1.897 million. The modestly budgeted PG-13 comedy starring Anna Kendrick was down 53 percent from Monday. Pitch Perfect continues to perform well, thanks in part to strong early word of mouth that the film was able to generate last week while in limited release. The elven-day domestic total for Pitch Perfect stands at $23.59 million.

Sony's Looper took fourth place with $1.74 million. The sci-fi action film starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis fell 50 percent from Sunday and 2 percent from last Monday. Looper has grossed a very solid $41.95 million in eleven days, placing it just 6 percent behind the $44.64 million elven-day take of 2010's Red.

Frankenweenie rounded out the day's top five with $1.66 million. The Tim Burton directed 3D stop-motion film from Disney fell 53 percent from Sunday. Frankenweenie has grossed an underwhelming $13.07 million in its first four days but will hope to hold up well going forward with aid from the approaching Halloween holiday. The film is currently running 16 percent softer than the $15.54 million four-day start of ParaNorman back in August.

Tags: Frankenweenie, Looper, Pitch Perfect, Hotel Transylvania, Taken 2

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