Liam Neeson’s Taken sequel edges out Argo for U.S. box office number one

The action film claimed $22.5 million (£14 million) to edge out Argo, which debuts in second place with $20.1 million (£12.6 million), according to estimates.

Ethan Hawke’s new horror movie Sinister also enjoyed a bumper weekend, debuting at three with takings of more than $18 million (£11.25 million).

Meanwhile, animated hit Hotel Transylvania has shot past the $100 million (£62.5 million) mark, with an estimated $17.3 million (£11 million) weekend gross, and Kevin James comedy Here Comes the Boom enters the box office countdown at five with a disappointing $12 million (£7.5 million).